What a cold week this was - but we did lots of things to keep us warm - we ran together, we set up a rope and practiced how high and how long we could jump, we set up a skipping rope and the children are learning how to skip - the record so far is 8 skips by one of the boys - but records are made to be broken, and the children are very competitive. We balanced on different things at different heights - quite a gymnastic week!
The cold mornings and then the beautiful sunshine gave us the opportunity to discover Science in the natural things around us. We found ice and frost when we arrived which made the grass white but disappeared when the sun came out and melted it - the children checked each morning to see if there was any more but they found it melted very quickly. The sunshine also made wonderful shadows - the children experimented with their bodies, by themselves and with friends, on the ground and on the climbing equipment, and found that they could make very interesting shadows and shapes.
We checked our Vegetable garden, now guarded by Bill our Scarecrow, and found that we were able to eat some things we had grown - so we ate parsley, chives, lettuce and snow peas - delicious. We also found however that some green caterpillars are eating the leaves of the broccoli, and that there are some snails around, so the children searched for these and they were put into containers on our nature table in our room so that we could look at them for a few days.
Another wonderful discovery - a few days ago we found that there was a Casemoth Caterpillar walking up our Playroom window, and we noticed that when the sun shone on the glass that there was a clear track where he had been climbing up the window, he had left his footprints, the children were fascinated. All our discoveries encourage the children to look up our Reference Books which are on display in our room - we have books on Insects, Reptiles, Snakes, Lizards, Spiders, and the children spend a lot of time looking at these carefully by themselves and with their friends, talking together, finding out information, and asking us questions.
The children are enjoying playing table games together, dice games, memory games, matching games, this week it has been "Shape Bingo" where the children need to identify different shapes in different colours, the children take turns to be the leader, and if there is space at the table, that space becomes "Mr. Nobody" and the children play for him as well, one day we even had Mr. Nobody's sister playing. This requires extra concentration and powers of observation.
The children are becoming very observant of what is around them which is wonderful - one of the children brought in a short piece of bamboo which he discovered made a sound when he blew into the top of it - making his own music. We took this to music on Friday - Kylie was very impressed. In dancing, the children had been using round coloured containers with lids, to dance around. Karen used these to make a tower, and asked the children to work out which ones needed to be put next to make the tower balance correctly - the children used lots of ways to work this - the shape, the size, the colour sequence, another example of how observant they are becoming.
What will happen next week?
Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Group A Educators.