Firstly I would like to thank you all for the warm and friendly welcome I have received this week. The introduction of a new teacher can be a tricky adjustment for both children and their families. However I have felt very welcomed by children and parents, and extended family alike during this transitional time and I look forward to spending the term getting to know everyone. (Please forgive me if I forget your name on the odd occasion!) A little bit about me, I originally grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, where I have taught Kindergarten for 5 years and I am very much enjoying the shift in scenery to this side of town!
The group have responded exceptionally well to an unfamiliar face and I thank the whole of Armadale ELC for the help in settling me in. The children have been very helpful in letting me know how things are done and reminding me of who is who.
You may be aware, that our lovely group consists of many BUG HUNTERS. During a particularly feverous session of searching high and low, up and down, in the dirt, under rocks… a mystery bug (AND it’s baby) was discovered! (Among many familiar others – worms, a grasshopper, slugs, centipedes, and glowing earwig, a “dig animal” and a “golden bug”)
The mystery bug: “what is it?” we cried. We relied on reference books to discover the identity of said mystery insect. Many known bugs were ruled out, and with no alternative, we have settled on “witchetty grub”, for now. Charlie volunteered to bring in his more extensive book on insects to help us with this mystery. The following day, with the help of Margot’s ever reliable reference book (Group A teacher) we discovered the identity of the mystery bug. It is the LARVAE of a COCKCHAFER BUG aka MAY BUG. (Most commonly found in the UK and also in South East Australia) To our pleasure, we know now the larvae will turn into a COCKCHAFER BEETLE. Ensure you keep your eyes peeled for such an insect! (You will find photographic evidence near the sign in book).
Lastly, I have an open door policy in regards to any questions, concerns, comments you may have in relation to your child’s participation in the kindergarten program. You know where to find me, and I am of course happy to make a time to sit and discuss privately if needs be.
Until next time,
(Extended Hours Group)