GROUP A REFLECTION
The children have been very busy caring for our vegetable garden – we have noticed that after the recent rain, some of our seeds (lettuce and radishes so far) have come up and our seedlings are looking very healthy. The children have been examining the growth and watering the garden – a bucket of water and some little watering cans are left by the garden each day – so the children are showing interest and a sense of responsibility for our garden and the environment. We are also noticing that some of the leaves are starting to fall from our playground trees – Autumn is here !
We have had a baby corner set up following our recent discussions about babies – with soft babies, a little cot, some baby blankets and little cups and bowls and spoons – set up on a soft fur rug. We also had some books about new born babies in the corner. There has been some great imaginative play there. We have found that the things from our Home Corner and the baby corner have moved between the two areas – a few picnics here and there have been happening! We also put an ironing board and iron into the home corner, and some of the boys have been noticed ironing (we’re trying Mums !!)
On Wednesday we talked at mat time about the reason the Teachers all wear whistles – so that in an emergency we could blow our whistles and then follow an emergency plan so the children would be safe. We discussed what an emergency was ( the children’s suggestions ranged from a fire to something falling down or maybe somebody hurting themselves?). We also discussed the emergency phone number 000. We then carried out some emergency evacuation drills with the children- the children pretended to be playing, then I blew my whistle and the children needed to come straight to me – we then walked together quietly through the playground to the gate near the shed (which is our gathering point in an emergency as it leads into the park) , the children then sat together on the ground while I called the roll to make sure all the children were safe. We practiced this plan many times both inside and outside – the children were very attentive and responsible – we didn’t lose anybody!! Apparently some of the children reported to their Mums that we had had an emergency at Kindergarten ! We will repeat these practices regularly during the year, so that that the children are quite familiar with the procedure, and will immediately remember what to do.
Another item of interest which shows haw the children have remembered information they have learnt – I am aware of two situations where children have met dogs and been uncertain, and have immediately responded as they were taught at the recent Responsible Pet Education talk – by standing still, hands by their sides, quiet as a mouse, and look at the ground – I’m very proud of them – great remembering – clever children!
What will happen this week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.