It’s been a wonderful start to Term 2 all the children are pleased to see one another again and catch up on all the things they have been up to over the holidays. It sounds like many families were very busy over the break. The room has been set up to mirror the interests of all the children. Educators continue to set-up play-based activities which are both stimulating and fun, which encourage group interactions, learning through problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.
Our focus this term is on our environment and sustainability. A good start has been our vegetable patch where we have planted broccoli, peas, spring onion and beans. The children will take responsibility to water and care for the garden so we can later enjoy the fresh produce in our cooking activities. We have been looking at the book ‘seed to sunflower’ which talks about its life-cycle over time and the process of growing from a seed, to a shoot to a beautiful flower. In a group we curled up our bodies like a small seed in the ground, one child sprinkled a little water, another child made sure all the seeds (children) received plenty of sunshine, very slowly the children grew shoots and slowly became taller by rising off the floor and opening their arms to show they had fully grown. We are now waiting for our own sunflowers to grow which we planted in small pots outside.
Dancing with Karen has commenced first week back and the children have responded very positively. Dancing will be every Thursday morning for a 45 minute class in the rest-time room. This large space enables the children to move around freely and safely. Karen likes to use props such as flowers, bowls, insects, hats, ribbons, umbrellas, material or photo frames to engage each child into a world of dance and expression.
We have three new stick-insect s in the room. One male and two babies which will live over a 3-4 year period. Once the babies become of age they will lay eggs and we will be able to observe the life-cycle of stick insects. We make sure they have plenty of fresh gum leaves to eat and spray them with fresh water after handling them.
Our incursions this term include 4 weeks with rabbits, David the music man, dental visits and ‘wild action’ reptiles.
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