GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 1ST – 4TH APRIL 2014
This term has flown by , and we can see how the children have developed their confidence and friendships over this term.
As the Children’s Book Festival has been being celebrated in Melbourne over the past weeks and it was International Children’s Book Day on Friday 4th April, we decided to celebrate ourselves by having a Book Parade at Kindergarten on the last day of Term. We have discussed how stories can be told in many different ways - read from books, made up by ourselves or others, on C.D’s or D.V.D.’s or Films, using puppets or toys to act them out, and that what happens in stories is not always real – you can use your imaginations and make up all sorts of strange ideas!
One of the children’s favourite spots in the Kindergarten room over the past week, has been a table set up to act out the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. First I read the story to the children using the book. Then I used a variety of different sized cardboard boxes to make- a two storey house, 3 different sized beds, 3 different sized chairs, we added a block from our block corner for a table, and 3 different sized lids from jars to make porridge bowls. Then I put in 3 different sized teddy bears and a little doll for Goldilocks. Then the children and their imaginations took over - 2 at a time the children sat at the table and acted out and retold this great story. Often they were playing with children they do not normally play with, depending on whose turn it was. They were so involved and engaged , talking through the story with each other, and their imaginations and creativity were working overtime. It was wonderful to watch and listen to. (So you don’t need expensive toys and games to have fun!)
We also talked about how we all have favourite books, and I asked the children to bring their favourite book to Kindergarten on Friday, and to dress up if they would like to as a character from their chosen book (the two needed to go together). The results were amazing – on arrival at Kindergarten that morning, we sat in a circle on the mat, and took it in turns to stand up in front of the others and talk about their book and show us their costume. (Thanks to the Mums for their efforts).It was great to see all the families come to watch our Parade. The children showed confidence to stand up in front of the group, patience as they had to wait their turn, respect for each other by listening and watching carefully, imagination and creativity, and good remembering skills. What a great job they did ! Photos will be on display in the Folder by the sign in book.
Then we all went outside to play in our costumes. We even joined in playing with the other group for a short time.
The day before we had made some Honey Joys to share , so after our fruit for morning tea, we ate these and some fairy bread and biscuits to have an end of Term party. (We have put off Easter until after the holidays – it is too far away yet.)
What a fun way to finish the Term. Have a happy and safe holiday – we look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 23rdApril.
What will happen next Term?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.