What a cold, wet week it was, but we are very lucky to be able to use our veranda space and therefore able to have some fresh air regardless.
We have been having fun with the letters of the alphabet, by having stories and songs, and playing games which include the letters of the alphabet, recognizing and remembering the letters , and thinking what things or names start with the letters, rhyming words, putting names on the furniture in the room, and a very important job for the children to do when they first arrive – they need to sign themselves into the Kindergarten on a special sign in sheet. This is encouraging the children to be able to write their own names (we have name cards to follow if they wish) – we will continue to do this for the remainder of the term. This also requires the children to write in a designated space.
It is important for the children to be responsible for doing things themselves when they arrive at Kindergarten (and also when they are going home) - putting away their own drink bottles and their bags, putting their own fruit into the bowl, signing themselves in, checking to see if their name is on the helpers list for the day. Independence is one of the most important things we can teach our children.
We have also been practicing our counting, through games and stories. We have been enjoying a matching game which requires the children to count the things on their card and match this to another card – but the patterns on the cards do not match exactly, only the numbers of items – so the children are not able to just remember by rote, they actually have to count each time. This game takes a long time to complete, but each child needs to finish the game - this requires patience as well. There is a big difference between counting automatically by rote and being able to actually count – this is a good skill to practice at home.
We have noticed that the children are working together to achieve an aim – discussing their ideas and planning how to carry them out. This means the children are confident in their relationships and developing the skill of teamwork!!
We are having activities which require the children to use their fine muscles which help their hands and fingers become strong for writing and the things they will need to do.
We have been having some wonderful drawings and paintings and work at the box construction table – very imaginative.
Our silkworms have almost all spun their cocoons now, only 5 remain – the children check and feed them daily, then we must wait patiently for the next step in their life cycle. The children continue to bring really interesting things for our nature table which means they have developed an interest in and an awareness of the world around them – fantastic !
What will happen next week ?
Margot, Anne and Lisa