Another busy week!
We were very lucky to have two boys - David and Xavier, from De La Salle College spend this week with us, spending time in both rooms. The children loved having older boys to relate to, and the boys worked very well with the children at activities and in the playground, it was a very positive experience for us all.
We were sad to say goodbye to our rabbit family on Friday, but the children were able to cuddle them and we were also able to watch the babies at play by sitting in a close circle on the mat, creating a fence for the rabbits to stay inside of - the children were very responsible and gentle, as we watched the rabbits on their adventure, being very brave and playful. We used this opportunity to talk about how they had grown and developed over the four weeks we cared for them.
Following on from David the Music Man, the children made their own musical shakers. They collected the seed pods from the tree in the playground, and then put those in between two inverted paper plates, which they then stapled together securely. They then spent some time decorating these with paint, then when they were dry, stapled streamers round the edge . Now they are all finished we will be able to to use these to create our own music, and Kylie the music teacher is going to incorporate them in her session next week, then the children will take them home. This activity required the children to plan, to investigate, and to complete a project in a series of steps over a number of days - needing patience and perserverence to achieve an aim!
Another day when Hina's parents were on fruit duty, they helped the children to make Origami paper hats , which the children decorated, then wore them home - thank you Ayumi and Marcus!.
We planted more seedlings in our vegetable garden this week - Broccoli, Silver Beet, Lettuce, Snow Peas, Parsley and Carrots. The children helped to do this, and are showing responsibility by watering them each day. If we are patient, we hope we will be able to eventually cook and eat the produce we have grown.
What will happen next week?
Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Group A Educators.