On Friday each child had a family member come to visit for Grandparents and Special Friend’s Day. We had been busily preparing for the day, making invitations and painting our gifts for a couple of weeks prior which was getting the children very excited for the day. We began the session with our regular kindergarten routine and started baking our afternoon tea. Our guests arrived at 3pm and were warmly welcomed by the children. The children showed their guests their kindergarten room before taking them outside to enjoy the afternoon sunshine. We finished the session with two songs chosen by the children, Kangaroo and If You’re Happy and You Know It. We then read a funny book about Nannas and handed out our gifts to our special guests. It takes a village to raise a child and it was wonderful to get the wider community involved. Thank you to all who came to visit!
The kindergarten is working with an artist, Ursula, to create an art installation made with the children and keeping the community in mind. Ursula came in on Monday and began the process of marking the clay and painting it with both three year old groups. The children were free to be as creative as they wished with their clay and freely painted their masterpieces. At group time we showed the children the way in which the tree would come together. The children shared the pictures they marked on their clay – kangaroos, faces, snakes, shapes and even superheroes. The clay pieces will make up the bark of the tree trunk, the core and foundation of the tree – very fitting in my mind for the budding artists!
Today we were given the opportunity for discovering some inner peace via an Indian Yoga incursion. Avi began by warming the children up with some stretching, jumping and wriggling. Then the children learnt to stretch into poses using different animal noises which were very funny. We then progressed to some humming, chanting and meditation – I think some could have fallen asleep. Afterwards we discussed how the yoga made us feel – “Calm?” I asked. “No,” Benjamin replied, “I feel sleepy!”.
The Kangaroos began term 4 with an incursion visit from author P.J. Sheppard. P.J. brought in two of his books and had the children mesmerised with the hilarious stories and interesting pictures. The children listened intently and answered his questions with enthusiasm. He began with a story about Davey’s Hairy Fear which had us gasping with its twists and turns until we learned it was just a monkey! Then he finished with Piccolo Picante Shall Wear No Clothes which had the children rolling on the floor with laughter at the pictures of the NAKED child!