GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 19TH -22ND AUGUST 2014
We were very happy to enjoy the beautiful sunshine this week during our Outdoor play – the children in this Group become really involved building with the large Outdoor blocks, incorporating lots of other things with the blocks to carry out their ideas – mats, rugs ,cushions, telephones, computer boards, witches hats, plates and eating implements – we have lots of co-operation and sharing of ideas, and lots of imaginative play , playing out real life situations.
As usual our very energetic boys did a lot of running and jumping – they are very fast and well co-ordinated when running and jumping over ropes.
We were able to hold our chickens very gently this week – the children took great care of the chickens when handling them, and the chickens were even known to fall asleep on the children’s laps. When in the brooder they were very active and were trying to fly- so we did need to keep the lid on. We looked carefully and discussed how the chickens were changing – they were growing wing feathers, and their downy feathers were starting to change. So – on Friday they returned to their home on the farm.
The children sat at the table in front of the chickens and drew the chickens from real life – this required concentration and being able to transfer what they could see onto paper – they all tried very hard. The children also need to think carefully to create a pasting sequence - from egg to chicken – they needed to cut out the shapes carefully and paste them onto the sheet in the correct sequence.
The children are developing their concentration , and their skills of observation, and we are developing fine motor skills of cutting with scissors, and are following instructions to achieve a certain result.
Our world table is still a place of interest and conversation, and next week we will begin having stories in other languages We are practicing saying Hello in other languages. Some of our children have returned or will be returning from overseas holidays, so we are able to find out about the places they have been to.
We have been busy , under the supervision of Nicky (Exr. Hrs) and some enthusiastic Mothers creating our Art Canvas for the Trivia Night. Each child has had a turn to help work on this , it has been fun – we await the finished masterpiece. Make sure you come along to the Trivia Night on Friday 5th September – you will be supporting our Kindergarten and it’s great fun. If you do not want to make up your own table- come and join the Group A table – just put your names on the list near the sign in book.
It was great to see all the Mothers who came and shared a cup of coffee and a chat the other morning , something you often do not have time to do.
Our Trivia Night on Friday 5th September
Our Fathers Morning on Friday 5th September – 8.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
The Mobile Farm will be visiting Kindergarten on Wednesday,
You will be receiving a notice and a permission form for the Dental visit.
Have you returned your Photos?
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Week beginning 18th August 2014
The koala group began the week with their first cooking experience for the term. The children were very busy making the sausage rolls and all had a go of adding all the different ingredients and counting how much we needed of everything. The children all had a go of tasting at the end of the session and we had lots of children coming back for seconds. We believe cooking assists children in reaching important milestones, such as healthy eating habits, self esteem, fine and gross motor, as well as building cognitive and vocabulary skills, while having fun!
On Monday the children continued to practice their cutting and pasting skills and are becoming increasingly more confident with this skill. The children have also continued to paint the whole body tracing and we will be sending them home at the end of this week. The children are very proud of what they have done. On Thursday the easels were set with roller paining. There were lots of bright colours and the children really enjoyed the experience.
The koala children have also been busy making their special gift and card for Dad for father’s day, and are very much looking forward to their special person coming in for part of the session.
During our group time experience we have been continuing to follow the children’s interests of bones. The children all worked together on our large foam skeleton puzzle. The children had to really use their cognitive skills and work in a team to try and solve the puzzle. Lots of fun!
The children in the Koala group had the opportunity to hold the beautiful little chicks we have had visit us as part the hatching egg program. We had lots of discussions about how they hatch, and how we take care of them. We talked about being very gentle and quiet while the chicks were visiting us.
On Monday 25th August we will be having farmer Sue come to our kindergarten, and show us some of her farm animals. She will be showing children how to look after different animals, and the children will have the opportunity to feed the animals and pat them if they wish.
We are looking forward to another great week next week!
Fiona and Karen
3 Year Old Kangaroo Group Blog 22/8/2014
Do you believe that there is only one more week left in August??????
The sun has been shining for most of the week so we have spent some time outdoors building up our vitamin D intake........I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that your child has to wear their hat and sunscreen from September until the end of the year.
We would like to say a big thank you to Jessica and her family for looking after the chicks over the weekend....we hope they all behaved themselves. The children have spent time watching the chicks move around. Some of the children decided names for some of the chicks....Bruce, Jemima.........It was sad to say goodbye to them at the end of the week as they did make us laugh as well as giving us the opportunity to learn a little about what they like to do and how they got out of their egg.......and how they relate to each other...................
Cooking sausage rolls with Melanie, Gina and Karen was another experience that the children participated in early in the week. Of course the cooking success is measured in the tasting and yet again the children enjoyed the eating ........all had at least 2 each. Congratulations to everyone.
Fiona encouraged the children to design their own chick as well as talking to them about what they do and how they came out of the egg. There were many chicks created, great work everyone..... On Tuesday we celebrated Alice turning 4 and on Friday we celebrated Roxy turning 4. We would like to thank you for sharing your birthday’s with us. We all enjoyed our selves very much.
There was running, climbing and games played. The veggie garden was examined by some of the children while outdoors on Friday along with the discovery of many tiny purple flowers which fascinated many of the children.
Thank you to you all for a week of fun and learning........
3 Year Old Kangaroo Group Educators; Karen, Fiona and Annette.
GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 12TH – 15TH AUGUST 2014.
Another busy week flown by!
At the beginning of the week we became the carers of 10 Hen eggs, which all hatched on the Wednesday - we were lucky to be able to watch some of these eggs actually hatch , an experience which the children may not be lucky enough to see again. The children were interested to observe how these tiny chickens soon became strong enough to move around , and how they actually obtained food from the lining of the egg shells from which they had just hatched, nature is a wonderful thing! The next day we transferred these little chicks from the Incubator to the Brooder , where they are kept warm and snug. They immediately began eating the food provided and are very active. We talked to the children about how we needed to take great care of these chickens as they are our responsibility . We talked about the life cycle of hens , and we will be able to learn more about them next week as we observe how they grow and develop wing and tail feathers. At the end of next week they will return to the farm unless any families would like to adopt some as their own. Please see the Teachers if you would like to do this.
We continue with our World Interest- we have added more things to our World corner- it is so interesting to see how the writing differs for all the languages we have on display, and we have a large atlas which illustrates which animals are native to which countries. We have put coloured markers on our wall map, so that we can identify which languages on our wall come from which countries by matching the colours. We will continue with this interest next week by learning how to say Hello in different languages, we are singing songs in different languages in music , and we hope to have a story read to us in different languages .Remember if you are able to contribute any items of interest from other countries, please bring them for us to learn about.
Some dates for you to remember
· Next Tuesday 19th August - Group A Coffee Morning at Kindergarten – come and join us after you drop your child in the morning.
· The mobile farm will be visiting Kindergarten on Wednesday 27th August.
· On Wednesday 3rd September , we will be having a visit from a Dental Hygienist to look at the children’s teeth and tell them about how to look after their teeth.
· Remember our Trivia Night on Friday 5th September - if you do not wish to make up your own table , we will be making up a Group A table or two, It’s great fun and helps to support our Kindergarten. Please come and join us.
What will happen next week ?
Group A educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.