Mother’s day was very enjoyable for all the special mums and children. Mums were able to spend time at activities and watch a small concert the children had prepared and practiced over many weeks. It can be a bit overwhelming for some children to get up in front of a group and sing, so overall we were very proud of all the children and their efforts. We sung our good morning song, puff the magic dragon, Mr clickety cane and a thank you song. Each mum was lucky enough to receive a beautiful bunch of flowers donated by Fresh Cut flowers in Prahran. They also gave their mums beautiful paintings which showcased their artistic talents and a bookmark with a poem.
Our fine line pencil drawings are also on display of our mother Sally and her babies. Angela the student from Melbourne Uni has been looking at the growth and changes of the rabbits over time taking photos on a regular basis so the children can physically see the ongoing development. The children have shown they can all be very responsible when handling the babies and have demonstrated a caring, nurturing and mature approach to caring for animals.
The children have started to do small investigations which require concentration and persistence. The aim of our first activity was to find as many colours outside as we could and tally up the colours we see ‘the most’ and the colours we see ‘the least’. Once we added up the results we found blue and green to be the most common colours and purple we saw the least. These kinds of activities assist in colour recognition, exploration, maths and problem solving skills. It was good to see children working together to complete set tasks. Our investigations will continue through a range of games including ‘I spy with my little eye’, number and letter bingo, and twister. Learning should be all about FUN our motto is: ‘In work we find play’.
Outside the children were looking for gold and treasure in the sandpit. To draw upon their interests we have set up an indoor pirate ship with treasure and gold. It has become a very popular indoor activity and we are planning to look closely at the concept of ‘money’ what it looks like, why we need it and how you make it. The children will also be able to extend upon this through ‘shops’ where customers exchange money for goods. One of the parents suggested we make ‘baked goods’ or food for the children to sell to families and friends...what a great idea!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona