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 and decided that we felt happier and calmer.
Our Koala group seems to have finally settled down in terms of numbers and with that comes more chances for social interactions and sometimes conflict. As the year has progressed the children have moved from solitary and parallel play to social and interactive play. It has been wonderful to see them running around outside in groups and interacting at the tables inside; Helen and I are so proud of their progression. There has been some conflict and it has come to a head at the beginning of Term 4. During our group time, we have sat down and discussed how we use gentle hands if we touch someone else, but we really shouldn’t be touching anyone anyway. We even discussed how some children like hugs and others do not and decided to ensure that we always ask first before hugging – Would you like a hug? We ended with an important reminder of what to say when someone is doing something we don’t like – Stop it, I don’t like it! The children suggested to try moving away from the person and then telling a teacher.
We ended Term 3 by baking using our vegies from the kitchen garden outside. The children have been taking wonderful care of the vegetables and it was time to pull some up and eat them. We had tried the broccoli already and had some spring onion to add to our delicious vegetable slice. Helen took charge of the cooking and the children all, at the very least, tried the slice. Some even loved it and went back for more!