It was great to see the children’s enthusiastic faces come in the door to start the new term – happy to see their friends again and getting busy straight away .We said hello again to Mary who has been away for a whole term in Greece, and also welcomed 2 new friends – Aerin and Leonie who have just joined our Group, one came from Perth and one from London. The children made them feel very welcome and have been looking after them so they can learn our routines; this shows the children are confident within themselves to embrace teaching others how to do things, and an awareness of friendship and caring towards others.
We were able to ask the children where they had come from in the world, which extended our interest in our world and other countries and cultures, the journey we began at the end of last term. Our list of the children’s names in other languages continues to grow, and is very interesting.
We had set up an aeroplane area as so many of the children had experienced plane trips, and some wonderful imaginary play has happened in this corner. A group of the boys worked together to set up food trays for each of the seats in our plane – beautifully arranged and set out – very impressive! The children have also been referring to a large map of Australia, which shows flight paths around Australia, and also a map of the world, which they use to decide where they are flying to. They have been taking turns to be the Pilot, the Co-Pilot, the cabin crew and the passengers, and demonstrate an understanding of these roles.
We had a “Japanese” corner set up with Japanese Kokeshi dolls and bits and pieces, and the children have been very engaged there. We also read a story about a little Japanese girl and her adventures, which told us about costumes and celebrations- all openings for discussions about other cultures.
In blocks the boys built a “ Leaning Tower of Pisa”, referring to a postcard showing this sent to us by Karen our dancing teacher. It was an excellent model and very realistic. They were able to transfer their ideas from the picture to the structure. One of the children did say “but I can’t see Karen in the picture” but we decided it was a very large structure and Karen may have been inside it, it was just a picture of it.
Our Silkworms have grown immensely and we re-visited the Reference Book to refresh our memories of their life cycle. They will stay in our room, and we will care for them and watch them develop. Remember if you have access to a Mulberry tree, we do need mulberry leaves to feed them on.
Unfortunately the hot weather has been difficult for our plants and our garden, so the children have been very busy watering each day – learning responsibility. We were able to pick our broad beans, which had grown over the holidays, and we ate them for lunch, many children enjoyed them, others tried them. This is a wonderful experience for the children, to pick their own vegetables they had planted and watched grow – learning where food really comes from. We are lucky to have 2 containers of strawberry plants now (thank you to Tayten’s Mum) so the children are watering them too- hopefully we will manage to harvest some strawberries. We will plant more things in our vegetable garden – maybe even some flowers as vegetables take a long time to mature and we are running out of year.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.