All the children seem comfortable and happy in their new kindergarten environment. It’s pleasing to see so many positive faces come in each morning ready for a busy day. The cars and long cardboard tubes continue to be popular, the children are recognising the cars go through at different speeds depending on how long or how elevated the tubes are ‘It’s faster if you hold it up high’ said Will. The children are exchanging information, influencing each other’s ideas, problem solving and most importantly learning from each other.
We continue with challenging puzzles and imaginative play in the home corner and under the sea puppet theatre. It was exciting to see and touch real octopus tentacles where the children got ‘hands on’ feeling the slimy texture. We have also been making patterns with sea shells admiring the different colours and shapes.
We have introduced a game table where children are encouraged to actively participate, take turns and learn rules. The snail game is very interactive- a good non-competitive game for all ages. Place the colourful wooden snails at the starting line, each player rolls a ice and moves the snails that match he colour thrown, As he race gets under way, players try to guess which snail will be the first to cross the finish line. Its good o see children are coming together in small groups, engaging in various activities around the room.
We have been talking about how to be a good friend through group discussions and stories. The book ‘The things I love about friends’ sends some really good messages about playing together, sharing activities and feeling happy about who you are, about understanding each other even though we can be different and recognising being ‘different’ is okay. Human relationships and interactions can be complicated; kindergarten is an environment where the children are exposed to a range of social contexts. It allows the children to explore relationships and learn to become more effective communicators.
This week we have been busy blowing bubbles with luxe flakes, making play dough together, easel painting, catching magnetic fish, Lego, balancing on stilts, digging and cooking in the sandpit, drawing and singing Mr Clickety Cain, Where is Thumpkin and a Sailor went to Sea Sea Sea. We have just set up a ship with sailors and small boats; we continue to look at marine life....
We hope your children are enjoying Term 1
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Amy