Another busy week - the last week for the Term - where has the time gone?
With the children interested in the happenings in the vegetable garden (we picked our snow peas this week and ate them for afternoon tea - delicious!) and the arrival of Spring growth in our playground - to illustrate how flowers drink water, we carried out a science experiment. We talked about what the word experiment means - the children were very interested and made many suggestions - "when you try something new!" " when you don't know what is going to happen!' " "when something happens!" "when it's a surprise!" We started by looking at a book about how plants grow, then our experiment consisted of 4 glass jars with water in each jar. Margot then added coloured dye to to 3 of these jars - red, yellow and blue, but we left the last jar with just plain water in it! Then we put a pure white Arum Lily flower into each of the 4 jars. We discussed what might happen when the flowers drank the water through their stems - then we watched and waited. By late afternoon some colour was starting to appear in the flowers, by the next morning we had a red flower, a yellow flower, and a blue flower, and one that hadn't changed colour at all - the children all knew why the last flower hadn't changed colour - because water is - "transparent", "nothing", "clear", "no colour at all" as the children described it. The children were very excited and it was a very successful experiment for us - a Science experience!
Another science experience - we have a Height Chart in our room and have measured the children at the end of each term - so we did it again this week for Term 3- the children have all grown and they were busy comparing how much they had grown over the year, and how they compared with each other. We will do the same at the end of the year.
Margot introduced the children to the first tiny Silkworms that have just hatched - we will follow their growth and life cycle over the next months.
Our interest in the world continues with beautiful posters of children from around the world in their National Dress on our wall, the addition of a little Totem Pole from Canada to our world table and we were lucky enough to look at a video taken of one of our family's trip to Africa, and some of the animals they saw there - fantastic!
On Friday - to celebrate the end of term - we held a Teddy Bears Picnic - the children brought their teddies or another soft toy if they preferred, and we sat in a circle on arrival, so the children could introduce their teddy bears to the other children. Then the children took the teddies to play- we had wonderful picnics on a fur rug, we had houses built for bears and a penguin in blocks, the bears went on our plane, and they helped us do puzzles. Before going home we had a Teddy Bear Picnic - the children had made Honey Joys (Bear Food) on Wednesday, and we also popped some corn and had a chocolate Caramello bear for one of the childrens Birthday. We sang the song - "The Teddy Bears Picnic". What a fun day!
Hope you all have a happy and safe holiday!
What will happen next term?
Group A Educators -
Margot, Ann and Lisa.
It was wonderful to have all the farm animals come and visit our kinder. Farmer Sue is always very good with the children and likes to have a small discussion about her animals on the mat. We were fascinated to see real eggs from all kinds of animals such as a hen, duck, goose and emu which all ranged in size. All the children were very knowledgeable about how and egg hatches after looking at the chicken lifecycle.
‘They peck their way out’ said Lucy
‘The incubator needs to be warm’ said Roan
‘It takes time’ remarked Asher
Sue reminded us how we are gentle with animals and how we should hold them. Sue brought in an old fashioned butter maker so we could all use the cream to make butter, this will be delicious on a bun or some fairy bread. It’s important for the children to recognise animals are incredibly important and contribute to a much larger life-cycle by providing a range of foods such as milk, cheese, meat and eggs.
Tom - liked daisy the cow
Niamh - cuddled the rat
Jack, Sam and Max - Fed the goat
Alexia - snuggled the rabbits
Lily - gave the cow milk
Metcan - observed the turtle
Roan - Fed the chickens
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 4. More information will be provided to parents about these transition reports at a later stage. If you have any questions or concerns about your child starting school please don’t hesitate to ask educators in the room.
In the year before a child is due to start school, providing additional opportunities for children to practice some “independent and self help skills” is a useful and reasonably easy process to introduce at home.
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Educators
Yet again, the incredible fundraising team organised a wonderful evening. The Auction and Trivia night is an absolute highlight on the kindy calendar as it is a chance for parents to socialise, raise money for our kindy, and foster local community support. If you did not make it this year, don't miss out next year!
Thank you to all those who attended - a whopping $10,000 was raised for the kindy. Huge congratulations to our Fundraising team for organising such a terrific event. Special thanks to Stacey Farrell, Dominique Dalton, and Joy Stewart.
Sincere thanks to all the local businesses & families who kindly donated goods/services (click on the link below to view the complete list). We all had a blast bidding for them.
Term 3 has flown by and again, I am the most excited person in our household about holidays! GIven there are only 4 more sleeps, I thought it was high time I posted some activities that are happening around Melbourne. Check out the links below for some spring time fun;
Little Melbourne - excellent resource for all the latest happenings in and around Melbourne for babies, toddlers and children.
National Trust - Jump into spring with 2 great Trust Kids events these holidays
Museum Victoria - The spring school holiday program at the Museum and Scienceworks look exciting with new exhibits. We will definitely by checking out Mathamazing.
Weekly Fire Safety Display - I know I have posted this before, but it really is a fantastic morning out. The MFB put on a brilliant display including using the jaws of life, rescuing people, a turn of the firehouse, the list goes on. And of course it is educational and free (you do need to call and book). Brilliant.
Melbourne Zoo - any of the Melbourne Zoo visits are always a huge hit in our family. We recently visited the Healesville Sanctuary, and if you have't been in a while, the refurbishments happening there are well worth a visit. The birds of prey show is still a stand out of the visit, but the new platypus show is also fantastic.
Happy Holidays to all!