GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 26TH – 29TH AUGUST 2014.
We’ve had another busy week!
The highlight of the week was of course the visit by the Mobile Farm with its animals for us to touch and learn about. The children had been looking forward to this visit and were not disappointed. It’s amazing how much Farmer Sue ( and her helper Farmer Kathy) could fit into her truck and trailer – they come all the way from Balnarring .It’s almost as exciting to watch her unload and set up her fenced area so that the animals are safe.
Firstly she explained to the children about what animals they would see , how to handle them gently and carefully, and how to feed them correctly. Each child was given a cupful of feed, and later all had a turn to bottle feed as well. The animals ranged from gentle quiet guinea pigs and rabbits to large “babies” like the calf, and noisy ones like the baby piglet and the goose. This was an opportunity for children who don’t normally have access to farm animals to do so confidently in familiar surroundings. Later farmer Sue showed and told them about different sized eggs and what hatches out of them – ranging from a normal hen’s egg to a huge emu’s egg. The children then all had a turn to help turn some cream into butter by putting the cream into a Butter Churn and continually turning the handle until it turned into butter and some butter milk. We will use this butter to make some fairy bread for us to eat. We took lots of photos and these will be on display for you to see. It was a really fun experience and a great hands on opportunity , Children learn so much by doing and taking part rather than just reading about things. As we did with the chickens, the children will draw the farm animals we saw- which means the children need to recall, remember details, and transfer their ideas onto paper- not an easy skill.
As part of our “World” learning experiences, on Friday Bihar (Amirali’s Mum) read the story of The Little Gingerbread Man to the children in Farsi – we looked where Iran is on the globe of the World and the list of the children’s names written in Farsi- then we read the story page by page in English and Farsi- it sounded very different . Next week we will have the same story read to us in other languages. Thanks to all those Mums taking part in this with us.
We continue on with our Fathers Day preparations, and we look forward to seeing all the Dads or their representatives on Friday morning. The Dads will join the children at activities when they arrive, then we will have a mat time together before they go home at 9.30 a.m. Kindergarten will then continue on as usual, so the children will go home at 12.00 noon.
Remember our Trivia Night on Friday night 5th September – it will be fun – come and join us.
The Dentist will visit Kindergarten on Wednesday to check the children’s teeth – I still have some outstanding permission forms to come – the Dentist will not check your child’s teeth without this form.
Reminder – the children need to wear hats at kindergarten from now on – as part of our Sun Smart Policy.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.