On Monday we started outdoors first and our hats and appropriate clothing had to be worn and sunscreen applied as it was already warm. Some children continue to build their skills to swing themselves on the swing. And other children were involved with the trucks under the big tree. Several children were invited to visit the shed to choose some equipment to use in the sandpit (this is where they were playing). They chose spinners which they experimented with in relation to how much sand to use and what consistency the sand can be to go through the spinning wheel. Other children also wanted to participate in choosing equipment from the shed which they did. Indoors we spoke about all the different types of flowers there are and what they grow in their garden at home. There has been growing interest in the flowers in the Kindergartens yard. We spoke about what is needed to help flowers and other plants to grow.
Tuesday we were outdoors under the big tree and in the cool shade as it was another warm day. Trucks were moved around the dirt and through the areas that have been dug out. Teamwork and co-operation were happening during this experience. As several children seemed rather warm they were encouraged to drink their water and when indoors the children laid down and listened to a relaxation song and were encouraged to use their imagination. What great imaginations the children have. At the easels there was painting happening but also several children worked together on crayon drawings.
On Friday in the sandpit there certainly was lots of cooking and celebrating happening. Water was used by some children to change the consistency of the sand to make their elected item. We looked at photos of several houses in the neighbourhood including some of the children in our group. Many of them were able to recognise where the homes were. They even talked about the photo of the Kindergarten gate and why dogs are not allowed in. The story “Tap the Magic Tree” was an interactive story that the children really enjoyed.
Hopefully we will see many of you at our Family Fun Day on Sunday
From the 3 Year Old Group Educators; Fiona, Karen, Fiona and Annette
Another week flown by – we are getting closer to the end of the year and all the activities that brings. Many of the children have been visiting the Schools they will be going to next year for Orientation days – this is very exciting for them, but it can also be a little daunting, so we keep the kindergarten routine familiar and reliable. With some children absent from kindergarten on these days, that means that the children play and work with others they may not normally play with which encourages new friendships.
Nature, Science and the Environment have played a very important part in our week, with the children continually and increasingly aware of the world around them, which is wonderful. The children search every day for creatures and interesting things they find in the playground, as well as those they bring from home. We found a beautiful lizard on Friday, but he escaped while we were looking at him and went under our piano – I’m sure he’ll find his way out when he is ready. We continue to watch and wait with our silkworms – we still have one lone silkworm who is still to spin his cocoon – then we wait patiently for our moths to emerge. The children found some tiny baby snails – just like the ones in our reference book, with translucent shells – they built them a special house – the big snails go into our snail house.
One of the children brought some broad beans to Kindergarten – so we are carrying out an experiment – with the children helping to do this – we got a large jar - put paper towel around the inside – the children filled it with earth from our vegetable garden, then we slid the beans between the paper towel and the earth – then watered it. Will it grow?? Will it work?? Another experiment!!
We have a collection of different birds nests, and have referred to our Reference Book illustrating different birds nests all around the world.
Our Nature table is overflowing!!
We are having many activities which require concentration, memory, reasoning, and fine muscle skills – and require the children to complete tasks they start. We enjoyed creating patchwork patterns within a designated space and pattern – the children needed to follow specific instructions which they need to be able to do at School. The children have developed excellent memory and recall, such as with our “What’s missing game “
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
On Monday it was a rather warm day so we only stayed outdoors in the shaded areas for a short time as we came indoors earlier than usual and we participated in discussions about the letters of the alphabet. The letters were held up for the children to see if they were able to recognise the letter that their name starts with. Many children were also able to let us know other things/animals that the letters start with such as table, dog, zebra and several more. In the hospital the doctors have been busy taking care of babies who have come in with sore tummies or broken bones. They listened to hearts beating, gave medicine and needles and wrapped bandages on their limbs then put them in bed so they could rest and get better. There could be some future doctors in this group!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Several children are really enjoying the drawing table at the moment. They are using a combination of thin/thick texts and pencils. Of course it creates some lovely artwork. Skills and techniques are developing each day.
On Thursday outdoors there were children in the sandpit building their understanding and co-ordination about using the red diggers. It is certainly tricky to get the filling and tipping and moving all happening in sequence. Congratulations on your success in achieving this!!!!!!!!!!!!! Over in the vegetable garden the four year old groups have planted flowers so the children in this group decided to water them seeing it has been warm. As you know we are always eager to care for things in nature. When inside on the mat we spoke about what flowers and other plants require to grow and survive. The children were able to let me know that plants need water, sun and dirt to keep growing. They could also tell me that people need food and water and “exercise like running and swimming and riding your bike to keep living.” We examined the food pyramid chart and the children let us know what their favourite foods are such as Watermelon, bread, pasta, peaches, grapes, bananas, broccoli, strawberries and pancakes with bananas.
Hopefully we will see many of you on Sunday at our Family Fun Day
From 3 year Old Koala Educators; Karen and Annette
All the children seem to be enjoying their school orientations- we have been busy talking about how different school is from kinder; how it’s much bigger with lots more children, having to wear uniforms, school bags and having one prep teacher. We talked about how it will take time to get used to school and that’s okay to feel a little bit nervous at the beginning. That we may not know everything at the start but everything will fall into place over time. We tried to reflect and remember how we felt at the beginning of kinder ‘but that feels so far away’ said Matilda. We realised even if we didn’t feel comfortable then- we certainly do now and we have all found a real sense of belonging- just like we will when we go to school ‘it just takes time’ said Asher.
We have been making play dough pictures on plates because Sienna had made one at home and brought it in for show and tell. All the children were very impressed and decided they would like to make some at kinder. Helen made some beautiful coloured play dough which we could mix and manipulate and make 3D models on a plate- Charlie made a tea cup, Jack made a snake, Metecan a face and Lucy designed flowers.
The children have been doing a lot more paintings this Term which we have displayed on the big wall in the kinder room. If you compare them to the paintings at the beginning of the year- you can see a big difference especially in detail. The children have been exposed to a wide variety of art activities over the year to build fine- motor co-ordination in preparation for writing. In fact many of the children can already write words and sentences using visual prompts. We are all good at different things- and these strengths and weakness will be outlined in transition reports- for schools. While some children are good at writing others are good at building, dancing, singing, inventing, gardening, cooking, sport, construction or puzzles. We all know we are different and unique- and we all value each other as individuals.
‘it doesn’t matter what colour skin you have’ said Niamh
‘Or what colour your eyes have’ said Annabel
‘It doesn’t matter if your a boy or girl’ said Lily
‘We are all different and that’s okay’ said Sam
‘We are all human’ said Nicholas
The children are thinking more critically about world issues, they’re showing more awareness, interest and maturity in the way they perceive and construct meaning from media, language, texts and already learnt information. Our group discussions are becoming far more complex- children are more confident to ask questions, answer questions and challenge ideas. In fact we could hold some great debating sessions on multiculturalism and the importance of looking after our environment, healthy lifestyle and food and many other topics we have covered over the year. We are now coming closer to the end of the year- enjoying the remainder of our kinder year. We are asking the children what they would like to do over the coming weeks....before Christmas comes!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Kindergarten