The room has been buzzing and everyone has been very busy. It’s good to see the children getting involved in a wide range of experiences showing more confidence and independence. The children always have lots of ‘choice’ and like to be able to access everything without having to ask. It’s evident we have some children who enjoy a good puzzle challenge so we have been getting out the large floor puzzles for the children to complete in small groups. These puzzles can go all day long and the children can keep coming back to it; other children will lend a helping hand, some choose to stay longer than others but slowly we see the picture coming together and they all find personal gratification when it’s complete. The large puzzle shelf is always full so the children are able to select the ones they feel most comfortable attempting. There are some tricky layered puzzles which many of the children have liked doing as well as the dinosaur ones.
An interest in sea life and science has slowly emerged. We have been swimming in the deep blue sea on a large piece of blue material. We all gaze into the water….and what do we see? The children touch the water ‘ouch’ it’s too hot! We can’t go in until the water has cooled down. How can we cool it down?
‘Put in ice-cream’ thought Olivia
‘Buckets of ice’ suggested Leo
‘Get the hose and put cold water’ said Jia
Eventually we all jumped in one-by-one and swam with all the creatures in the big blue sea…Suddenly there was a storm and we had to find a way out…
‘Hop into my boat’ said Ashton I will save you. We all got into the boat singing ‘row row row your boat’. Then the boat capsized and we all fell out….luckily Tracey had a rope for all of us to be pulled in one-by-one to be safe and back at kinder.
Our group time social stories allow us to think, imagine, create, explore, communicate ideas and share them with our peers. Children can hypothesis, problem solve and create their own stories which enhances their language development and thinking processes.
We have decided to bring water play inside, we are offering a wide range of ‘sensory’ activities which relaxes the children. Outside the children had a fun time blowing bubbles in ice-cream containers, painting on small easels (we have lots of little artists) and many children are doing acrobatics on the ladder that has been risen on two A-frames. The large outdoor blocks in the shed have been in full use, the children enjoy stacking them on a trolley and wheeling them out, it’s a real process but there is a lot involved! Sharing the trolley and wheelbarrows, using upper body strength, negotiating where the blocks will go, what to make and how to do it and most importantly; using them in a safe way.
For the remainder of Term 1 will be looking at science and ‘sea life’
Happy 5th Birthday to Daniel (last Friday)
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team J