GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 17TH – 20TH JUNE 2014.
What a busy week we have had !!
We welcomed three Year 9 Boys (Ben, Harry and Seb) from De la Salle College this week. They spent the week working with us between the 2 rooms, and the children really enjoyed their company and responded enthusiastically to having big boys around – the boys interacted well with the children and it was a positive experience for us all.
On Tuesday we were excited to have” David The Music Man” visit us with his huge collection of wonderful musical instruments from around the world. He played each instrument for the children and explained how they worked – ranging from a beautiful Harp, wind instruments, stringed instruments, percussion instruments, even a plastic bottle, a trumpet made from a piece of garden hose and a plastic funnel, and a saw. He told the children that the best instrument in the world is their own body and showed them different ways to make music with their hands and feet and their bodies. He sang songs, the children joined in, he played familiar songs which the children were able to recognize, and he gave the children a turn to actually play a real trombone if they wished (not all children wanted a turn). A list of all the musical instruments he played was sent home so the children could discuss what they had seen with their parents, and next week we are going to make our own musical instrument. This was a wonderful experience for us all, providing information, visual learning, hands on learning, and what fun we had. We will continue to explore this.
On Wednesday we cooked silver beet pasties , thanks to Melissa for her help and expertise. The children picked the silver beet from our vegetable garden, this was washed and the children helped to cut it up, then the children mixed it with all the other ingredients to make the filling – the children rolled out their own ball of pastry and with help made their own pastie, which we duly ate when cooked – Yum! The children took part home to show their families. This again shows the children how food is made, and how we can grow our own healthy food to eat. (Unfortunately the possums have discovered our vegetable garden, so we have to cover our garden each night)
Also on Wednesday we were very lucky to have another visitor – Dianne from Belarus who has been staying with Ann’s daughter and came and spent the morning with us . She showed the children where she lived on our Globe of the World, told us about her country, and demonstrated her Russian language for us – it is certainly a very difficult language for us to try and speak. The children were very interested and asked her questions, and how to say different words in Russian. She counted for the children in Russian, and also read us the story “The Little Gingerbread Man “ in Russian – one of the children commented - “it sounds very strange”. What a delightful girl she was.
We have also been able to enjoy 3 Guinea Pigs that we are minding for 2 weeks – the children are really enjoying them, and we have been learning about the at the same time.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.