We are now settled into our Kindergarten routine, with the children developing confidence - on arrival the children quickly choose their own activities, greeting their friends and getting organised. As well as establishing the routines of the daily programme including the morning tea, the children capably manage their own lunches on Wednesdays, which is quite a social, chatty experience, and last Wednesday the children experienced their first rest time, which required the children to find their own mats with their sleep sheets on them, taking off their shoes, and settling down on their mats. First we read books (the children choose their own book and take it back to their mats, then listening to a story tape, then resting quietly to some relaxation music. The children then pack away their own beds. The children responded wonderfully to this new routine, showing confidence in themselves, being able to listen to and follow instructions.
We have been learning about the sea, beaches and the coastal environment, and the creatures that live in these environments and habitats. As well as the items of interest on our Nature Table, we are having stories, and reading reference books identifying various sea creatures, and learning about them. We had 2 very special things of interest to learn about this week – one of the children brought some real Octopus tentacles for us to see and touch – so we talked about the Octopus and learnt information such as where it lives, what it eats, that it lays eggs, how it has no bones and can fit through tiny spaces, how it can camouflage itself by changing colour depending on it’s surroundings at the time. We also had a real fish (from the market fish stall) for the children to observe, touch and examine – we discussed it’s body, it’s scales, it’s fins, it’s mouth and teeth, it’s gills, it’s eyes, how it swims, and it’s habitat. These experiences are valuable as they give the children a hands on opportunity to learn (we said that we wouldn’t eat this one for dinner even though we could). We will continue to learn more about different sea creatures in our exploration of the beach environs.
We are very busy, and the children are making new friends and exploring new experiences, and we are having fun.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.