The weeks seem to be getting and busier.
Christmas is coming and we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting ready. The children have been making surprise presents and they are beautiful – if you are at Kindergarten - please try to ignore some of the things that are happening - it’s difficult to hide everything! We are also learning some special songs for our party - so you’ll also have to pretend not to hear as well!!
We are decorating our room to make it look really festive - the children are having fun doing this, and are working very carefully. An army of cheerful Father Christmas figures adorn our wall and make us smile every time we look at them. Each one is individual and has a different personality - the children were given the necessary shapes and necessary bits and pieces and a stapler and black texta – the way they put them together was up to them – the results are wonderful. They also have drawn their own houses for our window – a mural of Father Christmas in the sky is up on the window, so the children drew their own houses and cut them out and we put these underneath so he would be able see where everybody lived. More decorations (and glitter galore) to come.
Our Silkworm cycle is now complete – the children are still checking, and there are a few latecomers still hatching. We have followed this up with some activities to do with insect life cycles. With one of the children’s favourite books – The Very Hungry Caterpillar – the children have been reading the story using the book and some felt pieces to tell the story with. The children do this with a friend, this needs the children to read the book carefully, choose the correct items, and place these onto the felt board in the correct sequence to illustrate the story. This activity also leads to much interaction and discussion and co-operation. Even though the children are not able to read the words of books, "reading" by themselves or with a friend is very valuable and important – the children are able to use their imaginations and reasoning to “tell” the story, and sometimes make up a story – encouraging a love of stories and literature.
Sadly we said goodbye to Ayaan and his family this week as they have gone to India – we will miss him.
Our sessions with Karen for dancing, and Kylie for music, have shown how the children’s understanding and ability to remember and create have developed over the year. The children have become skilled in interpreting the ideas and instructions that Kylie and Karen give them, and their confidence has increased in their own abilities. Their musical knowledge and understanding is exciting to watch – we really enjoy these sessions.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.