Spring has come and we did see some sunshine which we greatly enjoyed – the children were enthusiastic about being able to set up games outside – lots of very interesting block buildings with the big blocks (being used by both boys and girls), using the big diggers in the sandpit (which requires strength, co-ordination and waiting for turns), and lots of running and climbing.
We were very busy preparing for Father’s Day – we needed to finish making our presents – wonderful portraits of their Dads, and also a special key ring which contained a tiny drawing on one side and their thumb print on the other side. They then needed to wrap these presents and attach their card they had made, when this was completed – we hid them all in a big box ready for Friday.
Friday – the big day had arrived – our day started at 8.00 a.m when the Fathers arrived with their excited children. We had set up the room to fit as many big tall Fathers in as we could, and had put out activities that were fun to do together. We played together for 1 hour, then we packed up and gathered together on the mat (all those Fathers with long legs were a bit squashed, but we managed).
The children had been practicing the songs they wanted to sing –
Our ”Hello” song which is a song about how to say Hello in different languages
An African song, an Aboriginal lullaby, and “Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree”
We have been learning about other languages and other countries in the World, and we have the children’s names written in other languages displayed on our wall for the children to look at and discuss – we will be extending on this - our journey is just beginning!
Then the children gave the Dads the presents they had made - then it was time for them to go at 9.30 a.m. – so we sang the song “Hi Ho, Hi Ho – it’s off to work you go”, then we blew them a kiss and waved them goodbye.
It was great to see so many Dads come to our special day – thank you all – what a happy day!
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.