How can we be at the end of Term 2 already – it has been a long term, and a busy one, but we have had a lot of fun. The children have developed in many ways over the term, and are curious, interested in learning information, aware of what is happening around them, and are developing their skills in many ways.
On Wednesday we had a visit from a Dentist who talked with the children about how to look after their teeth, how to brush their teeth correctly, and also about the foods that are good for you, and the foods that are only for special occasions, such as lollies and cakes. Each child had a turn to have their teeth checked, and a report will be forwarded to each family. It was very pleasing to note that the health of the children’s teeth was excellent, but we do stress that this examination was not done in a well lit dental surgery, so it is advisable that the children’s teeth are checked regularly by a dentist from this age.
We are sad to say goodbye to Zach Waayer and his family this week as they are moving to the Blue Mountains to live – we will miss Zach, but we wish the family well. So we decided to have a party to say goodbye and to celebrate the end of tem at the same time. The Mums and a Dad came early at 11.15 am. With plates of food for us to share, and we set up a party table in our room. Earlier in the morning the children had helped to make some lemonade for our party (definitely a food only for special occasions !!!), They squeezed the lemons on lemon squeezers – we had a lot of lemons – so it was hard work, measured the amount of juice, then we mixed this with a sugar and water syrup, we followed the recipe, and added more water to our taste – and we had some delicious lemonade to share for our party. So at the end of the morning , we said our goodbye to Zach and his family, and gave him a special card the children had secretly made for him.
So after a busy week – our year is half over. Have a happy and safe holiday!
What will happen next term ?
Group A Educators - Margot, Ann and Lisa.
We have had a wonderful Term 2 in the kinder room. The room always has a good buzz in the air and we are constantly trying to keep up with all the children’s ideas, thoughts and catering to all their individual needs. This term we have enjoyed many incursions including Wild Action and David the Music Man; we are lucky enough every week to have Karen and Kylies engaging music and dance classes. In the kinder room the children have engaged in many areas of play including transport, construction, fine art, sensory experiences, light box, marble runner, matching games, role play and the most popular has been Lego.
We are looking forward to continuing our classes Term 3 and working/ caring for your children for the remainder of the year- if you have any questions about school transitions please feel free to talk with staff. As the children move towards the end of their kindergarten year, the preparation of DEECD (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development) Transition Learning & Development Statements are being compiled ready for parents to see in Term 3. This statement summarises the strengths of each child’s learning & development; identifies children’s interests & approaches to learning & indicates how each child can be supported to continue their learning when they attend school next year. The information in this statement is written by kindergarten teachers and is shared with parents and the prep teacher where each child will attend. More information will be given to parents about transition reports next term in preparation for a smooth transition for the beginning of your child’s school years.
We hope you had a lovely Term 2 with us
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Ext Hours Kinder Team
Reminder- Superhero and fancy dress this Friday 26/06/2015 please bring spare clothes in bags
- Please bring a special plate to share for morning tea
*Kinder starts back on Tuesday 14th July
Our numbers have been very depleted this week as many children are sick – we do ask that children who are unwell stay home, as germs spread very quickly, and a sick child cannot enjoy Kindergarten. Having fewer children sometimes encourages the children present to play with children they do not normally play with , which can be a very positive experience.
We packed away our camping area this week after many happy and busy times in there, and have set up a Home Corner again, incorporating our new fridge and microwave. The children can play out familiar experiences and roles, and the area encourages much conversation and interaction.
The children’s interest in drawing continues with some very detailed and imaginative work. This week we challenged the children to decorate and cut out snake patterns which they can hang up. This required the children to decorate within a set shape and to cut with scissors following a specific spiralling circular line, developing their fine muscle skills and requiring control and care. The results were fun, they did a great job.
The children are enjoying doing large floor puzzles which they work at together – encouraging discussion, recognition, co-operation, and patience, as do the board games we play together.
The children continue to be interested in Toadstools and Fungus, they search the playground each day, and we look at our Reference Book on Fungus to try to identify these. We have discussed with the children, and stressed that they can touch the mushrooms they buy in the shops, but should not touch any they find at Kindergarten or in the park. We had some varying sized mushrooms which we examined and learnt about- we discussed the skin which covers the button mushrooms and shrinks away as they grow bigger, and also learnt about the gills on the inside of the mushrooms and learnt about the spores (like seeds) within these gills, which when the mushroom grows bigger and opens – drop to the ground and grow into new mushrooms. We then carried out a science experiment by upturning a mushroom onto white paper and leaving it overnight – then in the morning we discovered the mushroom shape that was made on the paper by the spores dropping out of the gills of the mushroom – quite a discovery!
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
This week began with such an exciting day on Monday. We had our very first incursion, with David the Music Man coming to visit. David brings in instruments from all over the world, many of which the children will not have heard of before, and demonstrates how they are played for the children. He also sings some songs which the children know and teaches them a couple of new ones. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout the session which went for an hour. This is testament to David’s ability to engage the children. All of the children commented on just how funny David was. Karen and I saw all of the children laughing at David and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. This was particularly impressive considering not all of the children engage in music during our kinder sessions. They clearly loved it!
This week we have been working on numeracy within the room. This includes spontaneous learning where the educators will count or ask the children to count, or when we use positional language such as in front of and behind. We also have a couple of games which encourage the children to recognise numbers and count. Though not formal testing, we are making a note of where each child is at to ensure we are able to extend their learning. The educators ensure that we use as much numeracy-related language as possible within the room. This somewhat incidental learning helps to consolidate the children’s knowledge and works better at their age than formalised learning.
Finally, we have had many turn taking games set up within the room. The most popular of these games has been Connect 4. Rather than trying to make a row of four discs as is usually done in Connect 4, the children practise with one other person taking turns; i.e. one child has a turn, then the next child has a turn. This process really tests their patience and some children cope better than others. However, we have seen an improvement in their turn taking abilities once putting out these games.
Jess, Karen and Fiona