GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 26TH – 29TH AUGUST 2014.
We’ve had another busy week!
The highlight of the week was of course the visit by the Mobile Farm with its animals for us to touch and learn about. The children had been looking forward to this visit and were not disappointed. It’s amazing how much Farmer Sue ( and her helper Farmer Kathy) could fit into her truck and trailer – they come all the way from Balnarring .It’s almost as exciting to watch her unload and set up her fenced area so that the animals are safe.
Firstly she explained to the children about what animals they would see , how to handle them gently and carefully, and how to feed them correctly. Each child was given a cupful of feed, and later all had a turn to bottle feed as well. The animals ranged from gentle quiet guinea pigs and rabbits to large “babies” like the calf, and noisy ones like the baby piglet and the goose. This was an opportunity for children who don’t normally have access to farm animals to do so confidently in familiar surroundings. Later farmer Sue showed and told them about different sized eggs and what hatches out of them – ranging from a normal hen’s egg to a huge emu’s egg. The children then all had a turn to help turn some cream into butter by putting the cream into a Butter Churn and continually turning the handle until it turned into butter and some butter milk. We will use this butter to make some fairy bread for us to eat. We took lots of photos and these will be on display for you to see. It was a really fun experience and a great hands on opportunity , Children learn so much by doing and taking part rather than just reading about things. As we did with the chickens, the children will draw the farm animals we saw- which means the children need to recall, remember details, and transfer their ideas onto paper- not an easy skill.
As part of our “World” learning experiences, on Friday Bihar (Amirali’s Mum) read the story of The Little Gingerbread Man to the children in Farsi – we looked where Iran is on the globe of the World and the list of the children’s names written in Farsi- then we read the story page by page in English and Farsi- it sounded very different . Next week we will have the same story read to us in other languages. Thanks to all those Mums taking part in this with us.
We continue on with our Fathers Day preparations, and we look forward to seeing all the Dads or their representatives on Friday morning. The Dads will join the children at activities when they arrive, then we will have a mat time together before they go home at 9.30 a.m. Kindergarten will then continue on as usual, so the children will go home at 12.00 noon.
Remember our Trivia Night on Friday night 5th September – it will be fun – come and join us.
The Dentist will visit Kindergarten on Wednesday to check the children’s teeth – I still have some outstanding permission forms to come – the Dentist will not check your child’s teeth without this form.
Reminder – the children need to wear hats at kindergarten from now on – as part of our Sun Smart Policy.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Week beginning 25th August 2014
Well the children were very excited on Monday with farmer Sue and her mobile farm in kinder’s yard! The children all had a great time listening to farmer sue talk about each animal and how she takes care of them all. The children were very keen to pat and have a hold of the animals, it was great to see that the children had really listened to farmer sue, when she showed them how to be gentle with holding them and placing them down gently also. Farmer Sue also showed the children how to churn the cream to make butter. Each child was given the opportunity to churn the butter with farmer Sue’s special churning box.
To further extend on the children’s interests in farms and farm animals, the children will have the opportunity to make a sheep, or a cow as part of our collage experience for next week.
The children in the Koala group have been enjoying using clay over the last couple of weeks. They have spent time poking, squeezing it, hitting, pounding and pinching it. We provided the children with some basic tools and natural material to explore the clay with. We believe clay is a great way to stimulate a child’s curiosity, intelligence and creativity.
The artwork, which the koala children have been working on for the trivia night, is looking fantastic, your children have done a wonderful job! We are very proud of them and are sure it will do very well on auction night.
We have started to decorate the bathroom and our kinder room with our whole body tracings. The children worked very hard on these well done!
We will be doing our second cooking experience for the term, on Monday 1st September. The children will be making farmhouse ham and cheese muffins, and also some fairy bread, so we can use the butter we churned with farmer Sue. Thank you to the parents that have volunteered their time to help us with this experience on Monday.
Enjoy your weekend!
Fiona and Karen
We have been lucky enough to have a few very sunny days. The children have been taking full advantage of the sunny weather. Many of the children wanted to have picnic lunches and ‘sunbake’ on the rocks. The rainbow parachute has been very popular where we can run undercover and see all the colours above when lifting it up and down in the air, it all becomes very exciting!
Farmer Sue came all the way from Balnarring. Sue always takes good care of her animals on her farm and she selects a few animals each year for us to touch, feed and see. We could get up-close and personal with a cow, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, Geese, pigs, rats and Turkeys. It was important the children sat down while gently holding them on their laps. Sue also gave a small presentation showing us how to make butter using an old fashioned churn. The next day the children used the butter to make some ‘fairy bread’ for morning tea.
Last Friday the lovely Melanie (guys mum) did the ice-challenge outside with the children. Melanie carefully explained what it was all about...and passed on the challenge. A large jar is on the sign-in table for small donations to support motor neuron disease.
We have been practising our Fathers Day concert this week and the children are delighted ‘somebody special’ is coming to see them. We realise not all fathers will be able to attend but please make sure somebody special does come along because the children have spent some time preparing small gifts and a few songs. This Wednesday we are cooking bacon and egg muffins for Friday’s morning tea. Please make sure you are on time (we will be on a tight schedule because of Kylie’s music class)
The sandpits have both been re-filled and the children are enjoying the soft, silky texture of the sand. We are also planting our Marigold flowers into the vegetable patch for them to grow. They will add colour to the garden and be a good start for spring!
I’m going to be away for the last two weeks of Term as I’m attending a wedding in the Philippines, I’ll see you all at the start of Term 4 (Amy).
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team
This week has been lots of fun! The children enjoy looking at the baby chicks each morning to see how they have changed and grown. We will be able to gently hold them in the last few days they are here. Our guinea pigs (Pepe, Delta and Seal) went to a good home where they’ll be well looked after.
Our large art/craft table has been a big hit! We went to recycle art in Ringwood and found some wonderful materials for the children including, wood cuts, cylinders, bottles, paper, fabric, foam and various other materials so the children can get very creative. Audrey and Conor made houses for the baby chicks, Zihan made a kaleidoscope, Lily made a lolly pop and Jack and Lachie B made cars/trucks with wheels.
It was wonderful to have Eisei’s parents come and assist us in making sushi.
‘I love it’ said Aaron
‘Can I made another one’ said Conor
‘I can do this I’ve made this before’ said Will
‘I have this for lunch all the time’ commented Lachlan N
They helped place the rice on the seaweed paper, adding tuna and cucumber and then rolled it all up with bamboo mats. They tasted delicious! We would like to do lots more cooking from ‘other cultures’ if you have any good recipes or would like to help one morning and cook with the children , please let us know!
Please come and support our kindergarten by attending the Triva night on Friday 5th September, should be a great night for all. Please fill in the attendance sheet located near the sign in book!
Amy, Tracey. Helen and Fiona