GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 20TH APRIL – 2ND MAY 2014
We have had an exciting week !
We have welcomed our rabbit family who arrived this week – Mother Rabbit – Roxy and her 6 beautiful baby rabbits ( or kittens as baby rabbits are called). As the babies are so young the children had to be very patient, we were not able to touch them until they were strong enough, the children had to be content with stroking them through the cage and watching them. Now they are able to hold them, all children will be able to if they want to . This experience gives the children the opportunity not only to learn about rabbits, but also encourages them to develop respect and a sense of responsibility for caring for other small creatures, and learn how to provide for their needs. The rabbits will stay with us for 4 weeks, and the children will be able to observe their growth and development over this time. We have discussed rabbits in the wild, where they live and what they eat. We will also learn about what other animals and creatures live underground, and how animals in the wild survive the winter.
On Thursday we had our first dance session with Karen – the children needed to be responsible and independent and follow a series of instructions to be ready- including dividing into 2 groups not necessarily with their friends, taking off then later putting on their shoes and socks, going into the front room with a teacher they were not familiar with (either Lisa or Margot were with the them as well), listening to and following her instructions – listening to the music, using their imaginations, being aware of their own bodies in space, and moving around being aware of the other children as well – they were all very responsive and we had fun! Dancing will take place every Thursday morning.
As well as these happenings, the children continued to be busy with all the Kindergarten activities. The children are really enjoying playing games together that require taking turns, being patient, and respecting other children – even when they have completed their part in the game – the children need to wait at the table until the whole game is finished and all children have finished their turns. We have an imaginary person that helps us to play games or do things sometimes – He is called “ Mr. Nobody”- if the game required 4 players and we only have 3 children who wish to play – the children all combine to play the extra place for Mr. Nobody – this means they have to be aware of this turn as well and concentrate on this as well as their own turn. We have been making surprises for Mothers Day and we are looking forward to the Mums coming to Kindergarten on Friday next at 10.45 a.m. to celebrate.
Our Vegetable Garden is thriving after the rain, and the radishes and silver beet are ready to pick , so we will be able to cook with them, unfortunately our broccoli has been eaten by caterpillars, but that happens as part of nature!
As the winter weather is setting in the children no longer need to wear hats (please take these home so they do not become lost), but they will need to have warm coats or jumpers to wear as we will play outside even if it is cold , but our room will be warm – so layers is the answer.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.