GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 9TH – 12TH SEPTEMBER 2014.
It was good to have a quieter week to catch up with ourselves after so many hectic weeks.
The children have enjoyed being able to just relax and play as they wanted – it is important to allow time for the children to follow through their ideas . They have really enjoyed our beautiful new white sand in our sandpits, it is so white and so soft, the sandpit has been a very busy place. It has been a really sensory experience as the children explore the properties of the new fine sand !
On Tuesday - we started a Science Experiment. With the coming of Spring, we have been discussing how plants grow and the life cycle of plants, flowers and trees. So we carried out an experiment to show how flowers drink water. We followed and discussed the steps of the experiment- we read a book which shows how plants develop and grow – then we set up 5 glass containers half filled with water. We then added coloured dye to 4 of these containers – red, blue, yellow and green, in the final container we had only clear water. We then put a pure white Arum Lily flower stem into each container and discussed what might happen. One of the children said – “an experiment is when you don’t know what will happen.” We discussed how the flowers would drink up the water through their stems, and by drinking the dye, should change colour, the one in the clear water would not change as water is clear with no colour. By the next morning – the flowers had already started to change colour according to the colour of the dye in the container, and the clear one remained clear. The children kept checking what was happening each day and were excited by the results. As the week progressed, the colours became darker – our experiment had worked !
As the end of the term draws near – we plan to have a pyjama day to celebrate on the last day – that will be fun.
Please remember that from now on the children need to wear hats each day when outside.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Week beginning 8th September 2014
We began our week with our father’s day celebration on Monday. I’d like to thank our Dad’s and special people for coming to our Father’s day celebration. The children from the koala group really enjoyed having you there, and spending time with you at kinder. We hope you liked your thumb print keying!
On Thursday we began the session outside and the children spent time attempting some new and more challenging puzzles, with a little guidance. It’s great to see the children’s cognitive skills have really developed throughout the year; they are taking the time to think about where the pieces might go and enjoying the challenge. Children were also spending time outside making their own cubby houses using some large pieces of materials and the A-frames. They were having tea parties and baking cakes inside their cubbies! Lots of fun!
On Thursday we decided to make our own play dough using sand to add a different texture. The children spent time mixing and kneading the ingredients and were really enjoying the sensory experience. The play dough turned out really well and the children requested some shells to add to the sand play dough. There were a couple of very creative children making shell castles. Well done!
The roller painting has continued to be popular this week with children exploring with different sorts of utensils for easel painting. We had roller brushes, sponges, blocks and corks. Next week we will be looking at painting using edicol paints and pipettes.
Next Thursday we will be having our break-up party. The children are able to dress-up in their footy colours or jumpers/scarves if they have them. We will be playing lots of ball games outside. Should be lots of fun!
Please remember your children’s hats for outside play.
Look forward to a great last week of term!
Fiona and Karen
GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 2ND – 5TH SEPTEMBER 2014.
This has been a very busy and rather special week.
We started off on Tuesday by making Fairy Bread using the butter the children had made last week in the Butter Churn Farmer Sue had brought to show us. Yum !!
On Wednesday , we had a visit from Claire the Dentist, who talked to the children about how to care for their teeth and what are good foods to eat and what are sometimes foods for special occasions. Using a very large model set of teeth and a very large toothbrush and mirror, she showed the children how to brush their teeth correctly, from the top down for the top teeth and from the bottom up for the bottom teeth. The children were able to practice on this model. The children then took it in turns for Claire to examine their teeth, to count how many they had, check their bite , and generally check their teeth. No treatment was given but a report will be forwarded for each child, with advice if Claire felt any follow up is suggested. The children were very helpful and opened their mouths very wide. It was recommended that all children should visit a dentist from an early age
During the week, the children finished making their Portraits of their Dads for Father’s Day. These were mounted on a coloured backing , and the children helped to wrap their own presents, and lovingly attached a card they had each made. Then on Friday at 8.00 a.m – bright and early for us all, the Dads, some Grandpa’s and an Uncle, came to Kindergarten for an hour and a half – they joined in activities with the children and examined all the things we have on display that the children have been learning about. Then we all sat down on the mat – quite a feat for lots of Dads with very long legs, but we managed. The children sang “She’ll be coming round the mountain” with actions , then we asked all the Dads to join in with us , they sang very well and did the actions with us . Then the children gave them their presents they had made, gave them a big hug and wished them Happy Fathers Day, then we sang “Hi Ho Hi Ho, it’s off to work you go”, blew them a kiss and sent them off to work. What a great time we had and what a great turn up of Dads too – thanks Dads.
On Tuesday we had Chaitu’s Mummy come in her National Costume for the children to see, and she made a very special “Genesha” from play dough to show us , she explained this was a very special Indian God who looked after children. She also read the Gingerbread Man story to the children in Telegu language for the children – fantastic!
Then on Friday Marcus’ Mum read the Gingerbread Man Story for us in Italian - wonderful.
So far we have had this story read to us in Russian (Ann’s friend), Farsi (Amirali’s mum), Telegu (Chaitu’s Mum) and Italian (Marcus’s Mum), and we have more to come! Aren’t we lucky, what a great experience for the children. If you are able to help us in any languages please let me know.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Week Beginning 1st September
Well we had a lovely start to the week by cooking some yummy ham and cheese muffins and of coarse, we made some fairy bread from the butter we churned with farmer Sue. The children each had the opportunity to measure and pour in the special ingredients and they also had an opportunity to mix the ingredients. The muffins were very popular with lots of children asking for seconds and parents asking for the recipe to take home! This was our last cooking experience for the term and will be an experience we will continue next term.
The children were busy at the collage table this week making their cows and sheep. We used paper plates; cotton wool felt pieces and glue for this craft experience. The children were very keen to make the animals they had seen at farmer Sue’s portable farmyard.
The children have also been busy this week doing their handprints for the aprons and finishing off our artwork for the trivia night. Looks fantastic!
This week at the easel experience we have introduced roller paining. As you can imagine this was very popular on Monday, as the children enjoyed exploring with different paining utensils. The children were mixing colours together and we talked about when we mix two colours together they create a new colour. We will further extend this experience next week by introducing some sponges and shapes into this area.
We will continue to spend time exploring outdoors and as of the 1st September we need to remember to bring the children’s hats to kinder and applying sun cream before you arrive.
We are looking forward to seeing our Dad’s/special people on Monday for our Fathers day celebration.
Enjoy your weekend,
Fiona and Karen