The Extended Hour’s Kindergarten group have been busy settling into their new environment and are proving to be confident learners. Over the weeks we have been focusing on our five senses; seeing, hearing, looking, tasting and touching and incorporating all these into our play. We have manipulated jelly baff, play dough, clay and water play outside while washing our baby dolls. The children proved to have wonderful recognition when taste testing a range of foods or recognising a range of musical instruments when blindfolded.
We have been looking at the Human Body learning about basic functions using a range of interactive games and activities. The children make their own discoveries by relating the information to their own bodies. When the children looked carefully at one another they noticed we all look ‘the same’ but ‘different’ too, that we are all unique and special in our own way. We were able to identify body parts by tracing our bodies on butcher’s paper and plotting the heart, stomach, lungs, brain, veins and other body parts.
The children like to use their bodies through dance and movement. A river was created using a long piece of material and we dropped pebbles in the water to make a wish. We wondered what the temperature of the water could be and tested a variety of water buckets some hot and others cold. Our senses are always alert and working to keep us safe and stimulated.
In the mornings the children learn to sit and listen to a variety of sing-along books and structured games. Mat time in kindergarten is important class time when the entire group gathers, usually in the morning and several times throughout the day. We have enjoyed a variety of literature at story time our favorites have included ‘puff the magic dragon’ and ‘the Old lady who swallowed a fly’.
Extended Hours Educator