GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 18TH – 21ST NOVEMBER 2014.
What a busy week we have had !
During the recent Dinosaur interest experiences and the visit by the Museum – we had talked about Volcanoes. So we decided that we would make a volcano. We talked about what volcanoes were and how they erupted, and how some were active and some were extinct, we even discussed how there were actually volcanoes under the deep ocean. Then when we were outside we all worked together (every child helped ) to make a big mountain/ volcano in our sandpit – it was really very big by the time we had finished. Margot then told the children what would happen next. The children watched while a jar was inserted into the top of the volcano. The children then listened carefully about what would be put into this jar – first some red paint dye, then some Bi Carbonate of Soda, then last of all some vinegar. They examined these ingredients need and sat in a circle in the sandpit in anticipation. And – sure enough - after the red dye and the Bi Carbonate of Soda were in – Margot poured in the vinegar – instantly red “Lava” came bursting out of the top of the volcano and ran down the sides of it. We did this many times, counting down in anticipation each time, until we had run out of ingredients. What excitement! Then we felt we needed to be responsible and clean up the red sand so the other children wouldn’t get stained by it. Then when this was done – we jumped and stamped on our volcano till the sand was flat again – we had just completed our Science Experiment.
Another science experience later in the week – we had received a parcel in the mail which contained 4 Butterfly Chrysalis of Native Australian Butterflies, which we hoped to watch hatch out, and then we would release these in our garden near our butterfly attracting plants we have just planted, and hopefully they will stay and make their home in our garden. We were very surprised when the first Chrysalis hatched just after we had talked about what might happen –when we went into music it was a chrysalis when we came out the butterfly had hatched. The others hatched really quickly later in the day. After 24hours they need to be released , so we will have to watch them flying around in the garden. We did take photos !
Our silkworms are still in their cocoons, but we are waiting patiently.
Please return your sections of the School Transition Forms, so we can continue the process.
We will soon be starting Christmas activities and decorations , so we can make our room beautiful for our Christmas Party on Thursday 18th December (Invitations will follow shortly)
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.