This week we have been preparing for Father’s Day, when the Dads or another special person will be visiting Kindergarten on the Friday morning 4th September to spend time with their children doing Kindergarten activities, and we have some songs we have been practicing, and some special gifts the children have been making. It’s especially exciting when these gifts need to be hidden so they will be a surprise. Next week we will be completing these and finalizing our preparations.
The children have been noticing and discussing that Winter will soon be over, and Spring will be next. Even though it has been cold there hasn’t been much rain, and we noticed that our garden was getting very dry and our plants were looking very thirsty. So it has been the children’s job to water our plants that are in pots and our vegetable garden. Our vegetables are thriving, and we decided it was time to pick some of our wonderful broccoli. So on Wednesday the children gathered around our garden and we worked out which was the best one to pick, and also noticed that one of the plants had gone to seed which meant that seeds would fall onto the garden and grow (the natural life cycle of plants). We duly picked our broccoli, and after the children had eaten their lunches we ate our very own homegrown broccoli – it was delicious. Not all the children had some but many did, and came back for more. We should have enough to do this again in another week. It is very exciting for the children to be able to eat something they have planted, cared for and watched grow until they are able to eat it – this promotes healthy eating and an awareness of what is good for you.
The children are still finding fungus and toadstools growing in our playground, and bugs to discover, and they search every day. It was wonderful to see some children spontaneously lying in a circle reading and discussing the Information/ Reference book about Fungus that is always available to them, along with other Reference books .The children are really interested and enthusiastic to find out about the things they find - showing an interest in the natural world around them.
We have been playing games, which require the children to concentrate, focus, remember and make decisions - all-important skills, such as “What’s Missing”, our Recycling Game and our Bingo Games. The children learn that playing these games means recognising that games have rules that they need to follow.
Our drawing table is always busy, full of children experimenting with a variety of drawing tools and different sizes and shapes of paper. Their drawings and paintings are becoming more and more detailed, and the children are able to follow their ideas and interpret these onto paper. They are also able to extend these interpretations into stories about their drawings – this encourages their imaginations and ability to translate their ideas into words – experimenting with language.
We are learning about how to say Hello in different languages, and have started to collect, with the help of our parents the children’s names written in other languages, which we will put up on our wall for the children to compare. We will do this in as many other languages as possible – finding out about our world.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.