This week we practised a lockdown with the children. Though we have practised fire drills with the children, we had not talked about what happens when the threat is outside. We discussed with the children how there are some times when we would need to stay inside the kinder. To indicate that a lockdown would take place, Jess would blow the whistle and say “Lockdown” and then the children need to come and sit on the mat (or whichever designated area was indicated). Together we practised sitting quietly and whispering. Though this was taken seriously, we avoided discussing too many technicalities of a lockdown so as not to scare the children. In the instance of an emergency evacuation or lockdown it is essential that the children are practised, but hopefully not scared.
This week Karen discussed with the children healthy eating. She introduced a game which involved traffic lights, with green indicating healthy food, yellow indicating sometimes food and red indicating special occasion food. Though there were some initial difficulties with understanding what each colour meant, the children enjoyed problem solving whether a food was red, yellow or green. We asked the children a lot of “why” questions to determine the thought-process behind their decisions. The children thoroughly enjoyed the game and we will play it again this term.
We have also been preparing for Grandparents and Special People Day at kinder. The preparation has involved making our presents and our cards, along with baking for the morning tea. All of the children are thoroughly excited about the day and some were even sad on Friday when their parents picked them up rather than their special people!
Jessica, Karen and Fiona
This week we began with practising a lockdown. The children have practised a fire drill before where we exit the building, however, when the threat is outside, we may need to stay in the building. The best way to explain this to the children was telling them that we needed to be quiet like when we’re playing hide and seek. We practised stopping when Jess blew the whistle and then sitting on the mat in a tight circle. Karen and Jess also closed the blinds around the room so the children knew how dark it would become. It is essential that we practise these scenarios so the children have an idea of what to do in that situation.
We also made sushi and inari on Monday. The children used the tongs to place whichever vegetables they chose onto their piece of seaweed. Then, using the bamboo roll mat, the children rolled their own sushi. Some of them chose to not use the mat and free-rolled them. For the inari, the children spooned ingredients into the pocket of tofu. In some ways this task was easier, though it was difficult to ensure all of the ingredients made it into the pocket. At the end of kinder we celebrated one of the children’s birthdays, so took our sushi home.
This week we have been preparing for our Grandparents and Special People Day. The children have made a card, a present and have even baked for the afternoon tea. We are very much looking forward to the special people attending!
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.