It was great to open the door on the first day of term and welcome back all those happy, enthusiastic faces - the children were very excited to see their friends again and the Kindergarten was back to normal instantly!
The children took turns at mat time to stand up in front of the group and tell the others about what they had done in the holidays - they were confident and fluent and all had a good holiday. They also drew pictures about their holidays in their art books which will go home at the end of the year - the skill of remembering and transfering their ideas down on to paper!
We continue to have our "World Corner" and have added a large map of Australia as well as the map and globe of the World.Some of the children had been to interesting places on their holidays, so we looked them up on the maps.
We have set up a hospital in our room and the children have become really involved - some wonderful imaginative play has been happening there - they have been taking it in turns to be Doctors, Nurses, or patients - much bandaging, taking of temperatures, listening on the stethoscopes, administering medecine and writing medical notes on the notepads. We will extend this experience using X-Rays, Reference books about our bodies and books about being in hospital.
It is wonderful to see how interested the children have become in nature and the environment around them - they have been very busy searching in the playground and finding all sort of creatures - butterflies, millepedes, centipedes, tiny baby worms, snails - some children spent a long time carefully building a "vegetable house" for the snails using lettuce leaves from our vegetable garden. They have also noticed how much our baby stick insects have grown. Ann had brought some photos of a family of wood ducks that have taken up residence in her garden - the 12 eggs have now hatched into delightful baby ducklings - we will discover what happens next!
We also introduced the Silkworms to the children - they had seen them briefly as they were hatching on the last day of last term, they have almost all hatched now, and are growing quickly . We looked in our Refernce Book and discussed their life cycle and what would happen over the next few weeks - it is a fascinating process.
By encouraging the children's interest in nature and the world around them - we are stimulating the children's awareness of and respect for the natural environment and the world around us.
What will happen next week ?
Margot, Lisa and Ann
Group A Educators