Another week flown by – we are getting closer to the end of the year and all the activities that brings. Many of the children have been visiting the Schools they will be going to next year for Orientation days – this is very exciting for them, but it can also be a little daunting, so we keep the kindergarten routine familiar and reliable. With some children absent from kindergarten on these days, that means that the children play and work with others they may not normally play with which encourages new friendships.
Nature, Science and the Environment have played a very important part in our week, with the children continually and increasingly aware of the world around them, which is wonderful. The children search every day for creatures and interesting things they find in the playground, as well as those they bring from home. We found a beautiful lizard on Friday, but he escaped while we were looking at him and went under our piano – I’m sure he’ll find his way out when he is ready. We continue to watch and wait with our silkworms – we still have one lone silkworm who is still to spin his cocoon – then we wait patiently for our moths to emerge. The children found some tiny baby snails – just like the ones in our reference book, with translucent shells – they built them a special house – the big snails go into our snail house.
One of the children brought some broad beans to Kindergarten – so we are carrying out an experiment – with the children helping to do this – we got a large jar - put paper towel around the inside – the children filled it with earth from our vegetable garden, then we slid the beans between the paper towel and the earth – then watered it. Will it grow?? Will it work?? Another experiment!!
We have a collection of different birds nests, and have referred to our Reference Book illustrating different birds nests all around the world.
Our Nature table is overflowing!!
We are having many activities which require concentration, memory, reasoning, and fine muscle skills – and require the children to complete tasks they start. We enjoyed creating patchwork patterns within a designated space and pattern – the children needed to follow specific instructions which they need to be able to do at School. The children have developed excellent memory and recall, such as with our “What’s missing game “
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.