We are really enjoying our days together at kinder and it’s good to see so many happy faces in the mornings. A few new activities have been set up to reflect children’s interests, the large cylinder pipes have been elevated on different angles so the children can run cars through them. The children found the higher they elevate the pipes the faster the cars will go; they also had to consider the fact that one pipe is shorter than the other! They are using measurement, gravity, motion and problem solving skills; they realised cars would not run through the pipe when held vertically.
We’ve got lots of little scientists in our midst so we have been conducting our own experiments. Our focus has been on ‘water’ and how we can turn liquids into solids; the children enjoyed watching water turn into ice and then watch it ‘melt’ before their eyes. They found their own body heat fastened the process when we handled the ice ‘we could put it in the oven’ said Daniel or ‘put it in the sun’ suggested Roxy. At group time we have been looking at what objects sink and float, we use s=sink f=float and tally up the ‘results’ so the children can document on paper if they want too. We have used many objects around the room and have noticed some patterns ‘the plastic things are floating’ noticed Leo ‘The coins and keys are heavy and sink’ commented Bea. The children are observing, making predictions and coming to their own conclusions, they are being active and contributing members of the group- confident to share and listen to ideas.
The children have been using small ice trays and eye-droppers to suck up water and disperse into the small compartments. They are building on their fine-motor and hand-eye co-ordination, it’s also an opportunity to learn about colour mixing with the various coloured water. This week we will look more closely at colour mixing using a colour chart and paints.
We have been wondering ‘does ice or water weigh more’? Our question will be followed up on this week using scales.
- Thankyou to all the parents who got involved in baking special goodies for our fundraiser or going to the stall to sell them
- We have noticed some children wearing ‘superhero’ dress up at kinder. Please avoid dressing your children in these (we will have special days for this)
- This Friday 27th March please bring a special plate to share for our morning tea to celebrate a wonderful Term 1.
Amy, Tracey, Fiona and Helen
Extended Hours team