The children have continued to contribute little painted fish for our mural which is looking beautiful, and we continue to discuss how we can be kind to and look after our friends.
We have had small table set up with things to inspire the children’s imaginations – painted wooden fish in sand, the puppets and story of the Rainbow Fish, small soft dolls with beds and a little teaset. In this world many things just happen at the press of a button, we need to encourage children to create their own games using their imaginations and lots of open ended bits and pieces to make up stories and games.
We are delighted that the children are enjoying painting and drawing, experimenting with colours and design to create beautiful paintings, next week we will be displaying the children’s self portraits they have drawn of themselves.
We had sand timers set up on a table for the children to experiment with – they all sifted through at different times and speeds – this included maths and science concepts as well.
On Friday we were excited to take part in the Responsible Pet Education Programme, which is a free initiative set up the Government, and had a visit from Sarah and her beautiful dog “Tully”. Sarah taught us many things about safety when near dogs. When it is not safe to approach dogs, e.g. when they are eating, sleeping, sick or hurt, or with their puppies, and if the owner was there, how to ask the owner if we could pat their dog. She showed the children the correct way to do this – ask first – then curl up your hand with your fingers covering up your thumb, allow the dog to sniff your hand, then pat the dog gently along its back. The rule is – NO OWNER – NO LEAD – NO TOUCH ! If approached by an angry dog – the children were taught – stand very still, hands by your side, quiet as a mouse, and look at the ground. They practiced doing this with Sarah and Tully, and we will continue to practice this at Kindergarten , we also have a CD with songs and games about this to listen to and act out. Practicing this at home will also help to reinforce this lesson, if the children run the dog will chase them. It was a very valuable and fun experience for us all, and hopefully the Mothers who attended also found it interesting.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.