All the children seem to be enjoying their school orientations- we have been busy talking about how different school is from kinder; how it’s much bigger with lots more children, having to wear uniforms, school bags and having one prep teacher. We talked about how it will take time to get used to school and that’s okay to feel a little bit nervous at the beginning. That we may not know everything at the start but everything will fall into place over time. We tried to reflect and remember how we felt at the beginning of kinder ‘but that feels so far away’ said Matilda. We realised even if we didn’t feel comfortable then- we certainly do now and we have all found a real sense of belonging- just like we will when we go to school ‘it just takes time’ said Asher.
We have been making play dough pictures on plates because Sienna had made one at home and brought it in for show and tell. All the children were very impressed and decided they would like to make some at kinder. Helen made some beautiful coloured play dough which we could mix and manipulate and make 3D models on a plate- Charlie made a tea cup, Jack made a snake, Metecan a face and Lucy designed flowers.
The children have been doing a lot more paintings this Term which we have displayed on the big wall in the kinder room. If you compare them to the paintings at the beginning of the year- you can see a big difference especially in detail. The children have been exposed to a wide variety of art activities over the year to build fine- motor co-ordination in preparation for writing. In fact many of the children can already write words and sentences using visual prompts. We are all good at different things- and these strengths and weakness will be outlined in transition reports- for schools. While some children are good at writing others are good at building, dancing, singing, inventing, gardening, cooking, sport, construction or puzzles. We all know we are different and unique- and we all value each other as individuals.
‘it doesn’t matter what colour skin you have’ said Niamh
‘Or what colour your eyes have’ said Annabel
‘It doesn’t matter if your a boy or girl’ said Lily
‘We are all different and that’s okay’ said Sam
‘We are all human’ said Nicholas
The children are thinking more critically about world issues, they’re showing more awareness, interest and maturity in the way they perceive and construct meaning from media, language, texts and already learnt information. Our group discussions are becoming far more complex- children are more confident to ask questions, answer questions and challenge ideas. In fact we could hold some great debating sessions on multiculturalism and the importance of looking after our environment, healthy lifestyle and food and many other topics we have covered over the year. We are now coming closer to the end of the year- enjoying the remainder of our kinder year. We are asking the children what they would like to do over the coming weeks....before Christmas comes!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Kindergarten