Many of the children have been lucky enough to see the Monet exhibition in the city. At dancing we used photo frames to be in the pictures - to show different emotions. At group time we looked very closely at some of Monet’s famous paintings and decided to mix our own coloured paint to use in our own paintings. We learnt (red-blue=purple, blue-yellow=green, yellow-red=orange and if we mix lots of colours we make brown).
We have started looking at the life-cycle of chickens. This hands-on project allows the children to see the different stages of growth from when the eggs hatching to larger more fluffy chicks. The hatching process isn’t instantaneous- the chicks do work very hard to get out of their shells. We started with 10 eggs and unfortunately two didn’t hatch, this was also a learning curve - to understand animals don’t all survive.
‘They might not have been fertilized properly’ said Lucy
‘They just weren’t strong enough’ explained Matilda.
The children decided to build a house for the baby chicks by making a large rectangle shape making the sides high enough so they can’t escape. We placed a towel in the middle so the chicks could get out of the incubator and have a run around. The overall aims and objectives of the ‘ready hatch program’ are for the children to:
1) Gain or extend an understanding of a life-cycle
2) Experience caring and nurturing a living creature
3) Interpret the laws of nature
4) Extend language and observation skills
5) Learn by experience
We have been squeezing fresh lemonade in the mornings. It leaves a tangy smell on our fingers which smell lovely. We had to mix the lemon with sugar and water and it’s very refreshing to drink with morning tea.
The children are also taking on new and important roles to help care for our environment. Every day we have an electricity helper, water helper and compost helper- giving each child a responsibility throughout the days/weeks at kinder.
Amy, Tracey. Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team