What a busy week to finish Term 3.
This week we said goodbye to another friend – Dougie and his family are returning to U.K. to live – we will miss them, but we wish them well. To celebrate the end of term and to say goodbye to Dougie we had a pyjama party/ bring a teddy bear or other special toy on the Friday – what fun. The children sat in a circle and introduced their bears to the other children, and then sat them in a special place while we played. At morning tea time we picked the last of the broccoli and some lettuce leaves from our vegetable garden and ate them with our fruit, delicious, really enjoyed by many of the children. At 11.00 a.m. the Mums came and we had a party at a big long party table (with delicious food brought by the Mums). A special thank you from us to the wonderful Mums who helped to set out the food, then cleaned up afterwards – you get gold stars!! After the party we sat on the mat and sang our favourite Hello song about saying hello in different languages to our Mums and our teddy bears. Then we had the story of ” Hugless Douglas and the Sleepover” together. What a fun day. Our list of names in different languages on our wall continues to grow – it is so interesting.
The children are really enjoying each other’s company – making up games together , and working together to play out their ideas or achieve a goal. We have talked often about looking after our friends and being kind to each other . We were delighted during the week – we had the story and listened to the C.D of the traditional story of “The Ugly Duckling”. During the story the other ducks tell the ugly duckling (or as he really turns out to be – a cygnet, i.e. a baby swan) to” get out of town” because he is ugly and doesn’t look like them. The children looked concerned and said that wasn’t very kind – and suggested he could come to Kindergarten because they would look after him and be nice to him. So the children had really thought about what we have been talking about (we do have momentary lapses), and those comments were very rewarding .
The children are being very creative with their art work at the moment, combing painting, pasting, and drawing at the easels, with wonderful imaginative results. We have had small tables or corners set up for imaginary play between 1-2 children, perhaps just interesting bits and pieces, or centred around farm animals or a dolls house. These tables encourage opportunities for conversation, interaction, imaginative play, and are very popular places to play.
As part of our science experiences, we measured the children again on our height chart, as we do at the end of each term. They have all grown and the children are able to compare how they have grown over the year. We also carried out a Science Experiment – how flowers and plants drink water- we talked it through first, and planned what we could do. Then we placed some white Arum Lilies into 5 bottles containing water, to which we added different coloured dye – 1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 green, but we left the remaining bottle with just plain water. As the week progressed the lilies slowly took on the colour of the water, but the plain one stayed clear, as water has no colour. The children were very interested and checked the progress every day , and they clearly understood the concept – a successful experiment!
This week we also introduced our Silkworms to the children – the tiny caterpillars have just hatched out of the eggs. We looked at the Reference Book about Silkworms, and we will observe them and care for them through their life cycle, watching them grow bigger, spin silk cocoons, and then hatch into moths, mating and laying eggs to start the next life cycle. They only eat Mulberry leaves, so if anyone has access to a Mulberry Tree, we would appreciate some ongoing leaves please.
So as you can see we finished the term with a flourish. What will happen next term?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.