Our world discovery journey continues with more discussions and learning, and with us having” The Gingerbread Man” story read to us in French this week (thank you to Leonie’s Mum - Marie). So far we have listened to this story in German, Greek, and French, next week Italian, and after that Japanese, Hindi and more if we are able. The children are able to recognize “stop, stop” and “run, run, run” and can be heard using these phrases in other contexts.
The story of the Gingerbread Man was also read and acted out with the children, using the book, pictures, puppets, and small figures representing the animals in the story. This encourages the children to listen carefully, interpret, and respond appropriately to illustrate the story.
We have been preparing for Grandparents/ Very Special Friends Day next week, the children have been cooking some goodies to eat, and have finished a special card for them. As we have such a multi-cultural group this year which is wonderful – unfortunately this means that many of our Grandparents live overseas, so these children will be represented by Mums, Dads or special friends, but we will all have a fun time together.
We introduced clay this week, which is quite a different sensory experience from play dough- very messy but good fun. It is much firmer than play dough so requires more pressure to mould and create with- this helps to strengthen the children’s hands and fingers as well – good for building stamina for writing.
The children’s artwork continues to inspire us – such imaginations and creativity, and they are becoming more detailed.
Our silkworms continue to grow bigger and bigger, and it was exciting to discover this week that some are starting to spin their cocoons. The children have been placing them gently on the back of their hands to watch them, but we can no longer do this as once they start to spin, we cannot disturb them. Each cocoon is made up of a very long continuous thread of silk, which if it is broken, the silkworm cannot continue and will die. So we need to be very careful now. This is the next step in their Life Cycle, which we can also follow, in our big Reference book.
On Wednesday, we had an exciting visit from “Ready Steady Go” with their sports activities. The plan was to use the park at the back of Kindergarten, but it rained, so onto Plan B – using our veranda, and part of the playground. David set up 3 different stations with different activities requiring different skills, and with the help of his helper, and some volunteer Mums (thank you to those Mums), the children had a turn at each activity. We started with some warm up exercises, then moved between – relay races with batons,” javelin” skills with soft rockets, “shot put” with bean bags, and using a colourful parachute. The children learnt different skills, and needed to respond appropriately to different instructions given by different teachers. The children needed to listen carefully to specific instructions and demonstrations – good skills for them to l earn. We had lots of fun!
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.