Our week has been a busy one- starting outdoors has been a little chilly in the mornings but a little drizzle never hurts anyone! We are getting some much needed rain and it’s especially good for the vegetables which have just been planted. In the mornings we are finding our names in the circle so we know who is at kinder and who is absent.
The ‘penguin game’ has been very popular with Will, Guy, Claudia and Jasper. It’s a good memory game where the children roll the dice and need to ‘recall’ or ‘remember’ which penguin has the matching coloured egg underneath. Tracey has started a memory game on the mat where the children have to remember items she has covered with a cloth.
We have started human movement in preparation for Karen who will be started dance lessons every Thursday morning in Term 2. This week the children used slow movements across the blue material using under the sea creatures. Moving to the time of the music doesn’t always come naturally, however Karen’s lessons will provide opportunities for the children to practise self-expression, balance and body co-ordination.
Here are skills that music and movement can help develop:
Our little scientists continue to explore new and interesting ways to experiment with water. We provided the children with small eye drop dispensers which suck up water and then can be slowly dripped out using the small pump on the ends. The children coloured the water in different compartments of the tray and could also experimented with different colour combinations.
Molly brought in a little science book full of interesting and interactive experiments which she has done with her older siblings at home, we are looking forward to seeing what our eggs will look like after sitting in a container of vinegar for a week ‘They will be bouncy eggs’ Molly told us!
The interest in ‘eggs’ has been a topic of interest with many of the children. Charlie, Molly and Isabella have been busy finding white rocks outside…. ‘They are alligator eggs’ said Charlie.
‘We have to put them in a warm place so they can hatch’ said Molly. The children decided to bury the eggs in the sand to keep warm. They displayed ‘parent like’ care towards the eggs….a sense of urgency to look after them and making sure the eggs were safe. Helen brought in a large nest which she found in her garden ‘Birds lay their eggs in nests’ said Audrey. We were all amazed to see how much work birds put in when making their nests ‘they have to find each twig and it takes a long time to make’ Helen told us.
The children have also made nests from clay and play dough by rolling a large ball and making a hole in the middle, we then ‘pinch’ the edges with our fingers to create a nest shape and roll little balls which are the eggs. Many animals lay eggs which we will explore further next week and into Term 2…..
Our favourite stories have included ‘new shell, old shell’ all about a hermit crab looking for bigger shells as it grew larger. ‘There’s a sea in my bedroom’ and ‘birds nests’.
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
The Extended Hours Team