The children are settling into Term 3 with gusto! The room experiences have changed further to engage and extend the children’s play and learning. These include pasting, dinosaur mosaics, dress ups and tea parties. A lot of emphasis has been made to start and finish games, art works and puzzles or simply ‘come back to it’ so things don’t get left unfinished. Many children are good at helping and supporting their friends when they find things difficult.
The two laptop computers have been set up with engaging interactive learning programs where children follow instructions and prompts. We will be introducing Kid Pix, letter land and Arthur. Technology is an important part of modern day life; we find most children are better with it than adults!
We have been cooking the fresh produce from the garden. The broccoli and chives were delicious in a fresh pasta salad! Some children even went back for seconds (it must have been Helen's secret seasoning which made it extra tasty!)
Our focus is on dinosaurs. Most children have a fascination for these long extinct monsters and become readily involved in the topic areas. Tracey has hidden dinosaur fossils in the sand and larger bones can be found in the sandpit. The Earth has an incredibly long history which we will explore further. Learning about dinosaurs allows a class to become involved
Happy 5th Birthday to Marie!!!
Father’s day preparation is underway and invitations will be sent out to families. We are practising a live concert/show which will keep us busy over the next few weeks.
We would like to thank the lovely Christine for filling-in while Amy was away.
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Amy,Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Educators
Another busy week - the shop continues to be a very busy place, with the children spending lots of money and doing lots of shopping - it is a very social place to be with lots of chatting, interacting and imagining.
We always have a table set up with a game for the children to work at together - sometimes a dice game, sometimes using a colour or number spinner, sometimes a memory game. These games require the children to follow the rules of the game, to take turns, to be patient if they have to miss a turn in the rules of the game - respecting each others rights, completing the game to the final result and waiting till all children have finished, interacting with each other,and sometimes taking turns to be leader of the game. This week we played the "Beetle Game".
We introduced Clay to the children this week - the children really enjoyed this experience - it's messy, it's creative and it's fun - much chatting, poking, rolling and pounding - and some wonderful creations. This is a totally different experience to play dough, and both are valuable for the children - giving them sensory experiences and strenghening their fingers and hands.
On Wednesday we cooked some scones - all children took part - they checked the recipe, measured the ingredients, mixed the ingredients, rolled out the dough, cut the shapes, and we all smelt the delicious smell of the scones cooking. Thank you to Janine and Ann for making these with the children. Janine also made some rasberry jam - so we had home made scones and jam for afternoon tea - we even had enough for another taste the next day, this is also a science experience for the children - measuring, watching what happens when the ingredients are mixed, and then when they are cooked.
Another sensory experience being enjoyed by the children at the moment - we have a trough containing bird seed, and a selection of measuring spoons and small containers - great fun, also another science experience based around measuring and experimenting with volume and size - but I think the cleaners will be very happy when we change this activity as a little birdseed goes a very long way!!
We have been practicing using scissors to cut out specific shapes and matching these to similar shapes, and the children are also creating wonderful pictures cutting their own shapes and using their imaginations .
The children are becoming very interested in other languages, and we are exploring these in various ways - we are finding out how to say Hello and Goodbye in other languages, counting in other languages, learning songs in other languages, and dances from other countries in music, and we will be continuing to develop the childrens interest in other languages and other countries of the world, referring to our Globe of the World and our Map of the World that are in our room - there is so much to learn.
What will happen next week ?
Margot, Ann and Lisa
Group A Educators
On Monday, did you know that we spent most of the session outdoors as the children were very involved in active play. Many climbed on the large A frames. They had to work out which way to go.....up, over, down or through. They could co-ordinate themselves to successfully move along the equipment. Others climbed on to the boards and were able to jump up and down and then of course they jumped off. Tried to fly I think!!!!!!!!
While looking at the tanbark we discovered different grass growing.....so off on a search for other things growing occurred......the children found more grass of different sizes and colours and a mushroom, which we discussed not to eat it unless an adult gives it to you
Indoors the shop seemed to be the main experience the children were involved in. Here some sat at the register while others brought their food. After paying for their chosen products they went home and started to use them in their cooking. Certainly lots of role playing was occurring.................................
Misha was the first family to take Chompy (our Koala) home.....hope you all had fun.
On Thursday some children went indoors to help Karen cook cheese and chives scones while many of us stayed outdoors playing a lotto game or moving dirt in the wheelbarrows. When we were outdoors we all participated in a runny game where we each had a turn running around the path while our friends cheered us. We all had lots of fun. Talk about energy. We have a new friend who started today and his name is Dylan, We would like to welcome you and your family to our Koala Group and Kindergarten Community.
Now back to the scones of course once they were ready for eating we all had one and YES they were delicious. I will provide the recipe next week for everyone to try. The chives used in the scones were grown and picked from our garden.......YUMMY YUMMY
Karen and Annette
3 Year Old Koala Group Educators
We would like to welcome you all back after our two week holiday. We heard that many of you did have a lovely time. There are many experiences planned for the term ahead which will be very exciting. Please remember to read any notices that are displayed, the newsletters that will be out and of course the weekly blog.
On Tuesday there were many happy faces returning to Kindergarten and greeting their friends. We stayed outdoors participating in many of their favourite experiences such as running, climbing and swinging. We looked at the vegetable garden to see how much they had grown.
When indoors we looked at the mum stick insect and her two babies. The babies were difficult to find as they are camouflaged but we certainly could see the mum and her curly prickly tail. What an interesting insect to have at Kindergarten.
On Friday the majority of time was spent outdoors of course climbing and spending time in the sandpit as well as working on the keyboards, first in the cubby house and then over on the rocks.....The children who were involved in this know so many letters.........
I introduced the children to a Mother Kangaroo and her Joey.( toy of course) Names had to be decided, so each child suggested a name which was put into a basket for each Kangaroo and a name was chosen for each of them......... Jasmine is the mums name and Baby Candy for the Joey. These kangaroos will be going home with the family on fruit duty every Tuesday and Friday. There is a book from last year displayed next to the sign in book to give you some ideas for what you could do to show everyone what fun the Kangaroos got up to while with your family.
Speaking of fruit duty and washing roster there seems to be many vacancies for families to be involved. Please have a look to see if you are available for any of these days as your child does love having you at Kindergarten.
Karen, Fiona, Fiona and Annette
3 Year Old Kangaroo Educators