This week we have had our photos done by Max who has captured some beautiful pictures of your child during play and a class photo. They will be put in a small album and you will be able to order/purchase once they have been developed.
The children have been looking at where food comes from. That the produce is not grown in supermarkets but often grown on farms either on trees or in the ground. They have been interested in looking at the step by step process of making bread, apple juice, yogurt and chocolate, the book ‘lunchbox’ makes the children think about what they are eating and how it’s produced. Daniel and Marcus brought in some interesting books for story time supporting our interests and learning, one book changed when you put it up to light showing the Skelton inside the body or the brain in the skull. The children can also examine X-rays which have been put on the windows to see with the help of light.
We have been looking at the Healthy Eating Pyramid. The children have been identifying healthy and unhealthy foods and cutting them out from Coles magazines. They then stick the foods in the ‘eat less’ ‘eat sometimes’ ‘eat lots’ categories in the triangle diagram. The most popular project has been outlining our bodies on large paper and decorating ourselves/ drawing our own features e.g. eyes, teeth, hair, ribs, bones etc. We have pinned our bodies all over the room for everyone to see.
Structured games continue to be good small group activities. These include ‘Snakes and Ladders’ and ‘Ten Green Bottles’ which support counting/maths and taking turns. We have been experimenting with ‘size’ using babushka dolls and we are now using scales to look at ’heavy’ and ‘light’. Many fine-motor activities such as ‘ladders’ and ‘bone connectors’ have been used to look at length and height. Children are incorporating many maths concepts during play all the time - in a fun creative way!
We have the dentist coming to check all the children’s teeth on the 19th August
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team
The cold weather continues, and starting outside first is a challenge, but we encourage lots of physical activity to help the children warm up. The most popular are running races around the path, and jumping over a rope – one end tied to the climbing fort, and the other end held by an adult. We can vary the challenge for the children by making the rope higher or lower, and by swaying the rope or moving it so that the children have to jump wide and long as well - then they do a running circuit of the playground to go back to the start again – we have some very confident jumpers.
The children are noticing daily the growth in our vegetable garden- our broccoli have started to develop and the beans are flowering, so it looks great – the children are very excited about it.
We have talked about Winter and what happens around us. We talked about the deciduous trees and what we have in our playground. We noticed the new plants in our garden. We noticed the moss and fungus that are growing on our path We discussed frost, ice, snow and other wintry things that occur. We talked about what happens with animals in the wild – this encompassed the hibernation of animals – how they prepare for this, and how long they hibernate for. We have frozen some containers of water in our freezer – and we will put them out in the sun to see how long it will take for them to melt back into water again, one container in the shade and one container in the sun – which one will melt first? We will make our own snowman.
The children are really engaged in the making/construction table with the boxes etc – they have very good ideas and are becoming very clever at carrying out their ideas. We continue to explore colour and shapes through puzzles and games and activities.
We had a photographer from the local Stonnington Leader newspaper visit us to take photos of the children – we have applied for a Grant to purchase new puzzles and games for Kindergarten, and we need everybody to vote for us so we are successful in winning this.
The Kindergarten Photographs , both individual and a Group photos will be taken at Kindergarten next Thursday – please make sure your children arrive on time as it will be a busy day.
We welcomed a new family into our Group this week, and the children made Tayten feel very welcome, which was great.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
As the year has progressed, the children have demonstrated a keen interest in experiments. This assists in developing their interest in enquiry-based learning, teaches them to hypothesise and encourages trial and error. These are all higher-order thinking which better prepares the children for future learning. This week, we engaged in two experiments, the cloud experiment and a composting experiment. The cloud experiment teaches the children about how rain clouds store the moisture and then rain falls when the build-up is too much. The children enjoyed the food dye streaming out of the shaving cream like colourful rain. Some of the children were able to describe what happened in the clouds prior to the experiment. However, the children tend to learn best when an explanation is given in a visual way, this experiments such as this work very well. The composting experiment will take longer to happen, though aims to show the children what actually happens to the fruit scraps when they are put into our compost bin. The children hypothesised about what they think will happen to the fruit scraps; some suggested that the scraps will disappear and then might come back. The children seem eager to find out what will happen next.
The children enjoy singing songs at mat time and so I have brought a few CDs with nursery rhymes on them to have as background music. Two of the children wanted to dance on the mat while there were no children playing there, so I put the CD on for them. The music and dancing drew a few more children over. They created their own moves and even danced with other children, holding hands. Some children preferred to watch the dancing. This free dancing is fantastic for their understanding of rhythm, but also their creativity.
Jessica, Fiona and Karen
As the year has progressed, the children have demonstrated a keen interest in experiments. This assists in developing their interest in enquiry-based learning, teaches them to hypothesise and encourages trial and error. These are all higher-order thinking which better prepares the children for future learning. This week, we engaged in a composting experiment and the children completed individual cloud experiments. Giving the children the opportunity to explore these experiments by themselves allows them to get a greater understanding of the process involved. This helps to consolidate the learning in their minds. They most enjoyed mixing colours and the shaving cream together. Some of the children were able to describe what happened in the clouds prior to the experiment. However, the children tend to learn best when an explanation is given in a visual way, this experiments such as this work very well. The composting experiment will take longer to happen, though aims to show the children what actually happens to the fruit scraps when they are put into our compost bin. The children hypothesised about what they think will happen to the fruit scraps; some suggested that the scraps will grow and others said that they would shrink. We discussed how these were opposite opinions. The children eagerly anticipate what will happen to the fruit scraps.
Further to this, we have been discussing what food we have in our café inside. Together, we sorted through the food and decided what we would keep and what food we did not need, or even know what it was! During this activity we discussed whether food was healthy and if it was unhealthy, it was a sometimes food. This topic will be examined further this term. The children also assisted me in weeding the vegetable patch on Friday. We looked for our vegetables which were almost overrun with nasturtiums and then pulled the weeds. This ensures that the children take some responsibility for the vegetable garden and also maintains their interest in the growth of the vegetables.
Jessica, Fiona and Karen.