It has been a very productive week and all the children are getting involved in the many activities provided. We are witnessing the children develop more confidence when sharing information, asking questions, trying new things and when entering play. The children now have a sound understanding about how to be a good friend and how we must respect and be open to all people no matter their age, how they look, their language or where they live. In the mornings we sing hello in many different languages including Spanish, Greek, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and French.
We continue to explore sea creatures, beaches, temperature and water, we started our first experiment looking at what sinks and what floats in water; we found a range of items to test and tallied the information on the board. We found lemons, keys, and rocks all sink to the bottom whereas plastic bottles, pine cones and straws all float. It was important for the children to hypothesis and predict before we found out the results writing an S- for sink and F-float next to each item; it seems we have a lot of little scientists in our midst.
Kaylah brought in a real seahorse that she had found at the beach in Aspendale with her brother Zach. We all had a closer look at its pointy nose and curly tail. We learnt that seahorses swim upright, that they feed constantly on plankton and fish, they have no teeth or stomach and the most interesting information was how the male seahorses carry up to 50 eggs in their pouch to reproduce. We have a wide range of supporting books for the children’s own perusal on the shelf and tables. We read a range of these books at story-time as well as imaginative ones. Information is always delivered in a fun- creative way which help children understand, engaging them in ways so they want to learn and know more. The children can imagine they are particular sea creatures living in coral reefs, using movement, bodies and sounds- the children can even camouflage themselves around the room just like a seahorse or octopus.
It was pancake Tuesday! We have all started cooking this week and many of the children report that they help cook at home too. Karen was kind enough to bring in a big frying pan and everyone had to be responsible enough not to touch it. All the children went through ingredients, exact measurements and methods…. the best part was eating them hot with jam, berries, strawberries, bananas and maple syrup! What a treat! On Thursday the children cooked lemonade scones which were also fluffy and tasty; cooking is one of the most beneficial activities for children where they use all their five senses and practise maths in its simplest form.
It’s wonderful to see so many parents getting involved with fruit duty and just spending time with their children at kinder, they all seem to take a lot of pride in having you around. Please try and find at least one day a Term to help in the mornings or even stay to read a story on the couch or play a board game.
Have a great long weekend- see you all Tuesday!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona