What a wonderful start to the week! Having our special friends and Grandparents visiting us at kinder. It was so nice to see the children engaging in activities, showing what they do and how capable they are at directing their own play. The children prepared by making a delicious lemon slice and learning a few songs which included; we all live in the yellow submarine, five green speckled frogs and the chicken dance! All the special guests received a small bunch of flowers which the children gave out at the end.
We had a tyre challenge outside! The children have been using their upper body strength to push large tyres around the path; they are developing and strengthening large muscles when carrying the large outdoor blocks, pushing the red barrel and climbing the ladder rope. Their body co-ordination is also developed in dance lesson which continues to be a highlight each week!
Our fascination and interest in space continues. We are learning about the solar system and all nine planets which go around the sun.
‘The sun is a fiery ball of gas’ said Guy
‘ We live on earth’ said Charlie
‘A group of stars is called a constellation’ said Lily ‘No, It’s called the Big Dipper’ remarked Sam
‘Stars look small because they are far away’ observed Molly
‘ We can’t live on other planets because there is no oxygen’ said Will ‘There is no gravity either’ remarked Audrey ‘You will just float in mid air’ added Kayla ‘That’s why you wear a space suite’ said Conor.
Our group time discussions have become a real talking forum. Conversations are becoming more in depth and children are gaining more confidence to express their ideas, feelings and opinions on all kinds of topics. Show and tell will also help support their language through public speaking in an environment where they feel comfortable and secure.
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team
3 Year Old Kangaroo Group Blog 24/10/2014
On Monday we started outdoors on a sunny day. It has been good to see that the children have been wearing an appropriate hat and they have been showing us they also have got sun screen on as well. (This of course needs to continue until the end of the year) The climbing skills of the children have been challenged and they have been successful in moving up, over, along and down the high equipment. A rope ladder has been available for the children to build their upper body strength and well as co-ordination. Educators are of course there to support each child who wants to rise to the challenge.
On Tuesday and Friday we started indoors first so we could wait for the sunshine and UV to be less hot. Indoors many of the children continue to build upon their cutting skills and their creativity when choosing different materials in their designs for their collage artwork. Reading and listening to stories continues to be an experience where the children find it relaxing as well as building their love for literature.
The silkworms have certainly been an area of interest for the children during the week as they can see how they are growing and what happens when they shed their skin.........comparisons have been made to people and other animals.........what a great learning experience they are........of course this continues...have you seen them yet??????????
3 Year Old Group Educators; Karen, Fiona and Annette
GROUP A REFLECTIONS WEEK 21ST – 24TH OCTOBER 2014
Another busy week !
As the weather has been hotter, we have been making use of the shady areas in our playground, and making sure we are all wearing our hats (which do need to be hats that shade both the children’s faces and necks), and having lots of water play, we also needed to water our garden.
As there is no time for planting productive vegetables before the end of the year, we decided to plant some flowers to enjoy, so we planted some petunias, and along with the nasturtiums which are flourishing there already, and the remainder of our silver beet and lettuce, our garden remains attractive and interesting. So after we had planted our seedlings, the children have been spending a lot of time watering our garden, and our new planter tubs as well.
We also decided to make a scarecrow to put into our vegetable garden, so we discussed how we could make him, and what we needed, then we set to and built him! We started with a wooden frame, a pillowcase for his head, and a selection of suitable clothes – jeans, a checked shirt, a tie for his belt, a scarf, and a shady hat. We laid the basic wooden frame on a table outside, put his shirt and jeans on the frame, and then the children stuffed his clothes with bubble wrap (because when he is out in the rain, it doesn’t matter if that gets wet), then he took on the shape of a scarecrow. We added his head (made out of a pillowcase also stuffed) and drew a face on this. Then we made hair for him out of strips of orange plastic netting (an old orange bag). Margot needed to stitch his clothes together, so that his clothes stayed together when we stood him up – and we have our scarecrow !! We still need to choose a name for him ( we will do that with the children next week), but he is standing proudly in our vegetable garden.
Our silkworms are growing bigger and bigger, and should soon start to spin their cocoons in the next stage of their life cycle. The children check them daily and feed them their mulberry leaves to eat – they are very interested in their development.
The children decorated their invitations for their Grandparents to come to our “Grandparents or Special Friends Day” at Kindergarten on Wednesday 12th November – we are looking forward to this day.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Week beginning 20th October 2014
We have enjoyed another happy productive week in our three-year-old group with your children becoming involved in a variety of learning experiences following and extending their interests.
This week the children have been continuing to cooperate with others and negotiate roles and relationships in play episodes and group experiences, (community 2.1.2) as several of our boys have enjoyed building together with the blocks and the mobile-working on buildings and constructions together, whilst on the mat, several other children are still enjoying using the train set and beginning to share ideas as well as materials as they continue to display a keen interest in transport.
The collage table has been a hive of activity as children have enjoyed working on their own special creations. Some children are now choosing a selection of materials to work with and are continuing to use the scissors to cut these materials. The children are manipulating the tools with increasing competence and skill 9wellbeing 3.2.7) whilst other children are beginning to construct art pieces using recycled boxes.
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been introduced to painting using different materials. This week we introduced cork painting and the children worked on several masterpieces and continued to develop their fine motor skills.
At group time on Thursday we introduced ‘show and share’. The children really enjoyed not only sharing what they had brought in but also the children also really enjoyed listening to each other and asking their friends questions about what they had brought in. This experience not only builds self-esteem and confidence but the children can also continue to develop skills such as listening,
communication/language and turn taking.
Outdoors the children are really enjoying the sand pit but at times have needed an adult reminder to begin to initiate negotiating and sharing behaviors. (Identity 1.2.8). The koala children have also been involved in creative and imaginative play outdoors as they were creating café’s, ice-cream shops and grocery shops. They have all sorts of wonderful flavors and toppings for their ice creams!
We are looking forward to our grandparents/special persons day on Monday.
Fiona and Karen