Hope you are all having lovely holidays.
Please be sure to peruse the September newsletter - some important information, Teacher's updates, happy snaps from the Trivia Night as well as an update from the chickens!
Head over to the Parents section and check it out (the password is the same as the Gate Code).
What a busy week to finish Term 3.
This week we said goodbye to another friend – Dougie and his family are returning to U.K. to live – we will miss them, but we wish them well. To celebrate the end of term and to say goodbye to Dougie we had a pyjama party/ bring a teddy bear or other special toy on the Friday – what fun. The children sat in a circle and introduced their bears to the other children, and then sat them in a special place while we played. At morning tea time we picked the last of the broccoli and some lettuce leaves from our vegetable garden and ate them with our fruit, delicious, really enjoyed by many of the children. At 11.00 a.m. the Mums came and we had a party at a big long party table (with delicious food brought by the Mums). A special thank you from us to the wonderful Mums who helped to set out the food, then cleaned up afterwards – you get gold stars!! After the party we sat on the mat and sang our favourite Hello song about saying hello in different languages to our Mums and our teddy bears. Then we had the story of ” Hugless Douglas and the Sleepover” together. What a fun day. Our list of names in different languages on our wall continues to grow – it is so interesting.
The children are really enjoying each other’s company – making up games together , and working together to play out their ideas or achieve a goal. We have talked often about looking after our friends and being kind to each other . We were delighted during the week – we had the story and listened to the C.D of the traditional story of “The Ugly Duckling”. During the story the other ducks tell the ugly duckling (or as he really turns out to be – a cygnet, i.e. a baby swan) to” get out of town” because he is ugly and doesn’t look like them. The children looked concerned and said that wasn’t very kind – and suggested he could come to Kindergarten because they would look after him and be nice to him. So the children had really thought about what we have been talking about (we do have momentary lapses), and those comments were very rewarding .
The children are being very creative with their art work at the moment, combing painting, pasting, and drawing at the easels, with wonderful imaginative results. We have had small tables or corners set up for imaginary play between 1-2 children, perhaps just interesting bits and pieces, or centred around farm animals or a dolls house. These tables encourage opportunities for conversation, interaction, imaginative play, and are very popular places to play.
As part of our science experiences, we measured the children again on our height chart, as we do at the end of each term. They have all grown and the children are able to compare how they have grown over the year. We also carried out a Science Experiment – how flowers and plants drink water- we talked it through first, and planned what we could do. Then we placed some white Arum Lilies into 5 bottles containing water, to which we added different coloured dye – 1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 green, but we left the remaining bottle with just plain water. As the week progressed the lilies slowly took on the colour of the water, but the plain one stayed clear, as water has no colour. The children were very interested and checked the progress every day , and they clearly understood the concept – a successful experiment!
This week we also introduced our Silkworms to the children – the tiny caterpillars have just hatched out of the eggs. We looked at the Reference Book about Silkworms, and we will observe them and care for them through their life cycle, watching them grow bigger, spin silk cocoons, and then hatch into moths, mating and laying eggs to start the next life cycle. They only eat Mulberry leaves, so if anyone has access to a Mulberry Tree, we would appreciate some ongoing leaves please.
So as you can see we finished the term with a flourish. What will happen next term?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
For the last week of kinder we had an incursion, a parent visit and a big pack up!
The incursion we had was from the Malvern Library. Alice visited to do a story time with the children as happens at the library. She sang songs with the children and read a few funny books to them. She also discussed with the children how to look after books and how to borrow them from the library. The children seemed to really enjoy this visit and each got a sticker to commemorate the occasion.
On Tuesday we had one of our lovely fathers come in to share his knowledge of music with the children. Alex’s Dad, Michael, brought in many instruments to show the children and they particularly enjoyed the drums. It was a great opportunity for the children to take it in turns to play each instrument. The most enjoyable part appeared to be when the children were able to “jam” with their instruments loudly!
On the final day of kinder for each term we have to do a big pack up and put all of the outside equipment away. Ordinarily the children continue to play while we pack up around. This term the children wanted to get involved, helping Jess and Fiona to pack the A-frames away. It was fantastic to see their teamwork, helping each other to carry heavy ladders between three or four. While they packed up, the children discussed teamwork and helping each other.
We wish everyone a happy two week break and we look forward to seeing you all when we return on Tuesday October 8!
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.
This week, for our final week, we tried to keep things smooth and simple. Towards the end of term, children become very tired which can, of course, contribute to behavioural changes. By keeping our sessions simply for the children, they are allowed the ability to play as they want to play without too much asked of them.
We fortunately had lovely weather on Monday and were able to make the most of it by spending the majority of our session outside. We even had our snack on picnic rugs under the shade cloth. The children also engaged in water play outside for the first time in months and they really seemed to enjoy the experience. Water play is a fun way to extend fine motor skills, practise larger arm movements, gain an understanding of evaporation and engage in some art.
By contrast, Thursday was much cooler again, though we still tried to spend a lot of time outside. Most of the children spent a lot of time in the sandpit, building sandcastles and cooking food with the sand. The children often work together to build their sandcastles and share cooking implements which fosters teamwork and extends their communication skills. Some of the children also spent a lot of time playing with the soccer ball – kicking, running and chasing the ball. The development of these skills is essential for their gross motor development.
We wish all families a happy break and look forward to seeing you next term on Thursday October 8!
Jessica, Fiona and Karen.