GROUP REFLECTION – WEEK 3RD – 6TH JUNE 2014.
The weeks are flying by !
Following the visit by Wildlife Xposure we discussed what animals we had seen and what we remembered about these animals. The children recalled many facts, and we were able to extend our knowledge. We have had many Reference books on display for the children to look at and refer to , and we set up a natural table with miniature Australian animals , logs, stones, wooden pieces etc. Some wonderful imaginary games happened here with the children making up stories about the animals while they were playing (Pre reading skills – the ability to put a story together, exploring words and their application). The photos taken at this visit will be on display in the room for further discussion, encouraging conversation between the children, recalling and talking about what they saw. We also sent home a list of the animals seen with facts we learnt about them so the parents were able to discuss this visit with their children.
Unfortunately our rabbit family has gone home, but what a wonderful hands on experience it was- we were able to sit in a tight circle on the mat and allow the baby kittens to run free in our circle “fence”- they were very inquisitive and playful and explored the mat and in some cases even climbed onto the children sitting in the circle – what fun we had. The children compared how much they had grown since they arrived – when they were first born – tiny, helpless, hairless and sightless – now they are bouncy, furry and very lovable. We will miss them.
Our Hospital continues to be a busy place – we have set up our light table, so we can put X-Rays on this for the children to clearly see the bone structure of the skeleton, and some children had brought X-Rays of themselves or their family members. Next week we explore this further, looking at both human and animal bones.
As the weather was rather wet, we set up physical activities under the verandah – setting up the slippery pole – the children were very enthusiastic about this, and we were able to supervise carefully, so the children developed competent skills. Physical activity is so important as it develops large muscle skills, confidence and strength.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.