What an exciting week – the children arrived on Tuesday to find 10 hen’s eggs – we are having the “Living Eggs Programme” which provides hen’s eggs which duly hatch within the next 24 hours, and we keep the little chickens for two weeks.
The children watched and waited patiently for something to happen to the 10 eggs in the “Incubator” (or “Eggubator” as one of the children said – very appropriate I think). We discussed what we expected to happen – unfortunately most of the eggs hatched overnight so we were not able to watch the actual event, we have no control over nature. On arrival the next morning , what excitement – 8 little chickens . Some were still wet and very tired from hatching – the next two hatched out over the next day. We discussed that the chickens pecked at the egg shell with the sharp little “egg tooth” on the end of their beak, until the egg shell cracks , and out they come. It is actually possible when they are close to hatching to hear the chickens cheeping inside the egg. We learnt that the chickens get their first food from the lining of the eggs they have just hatched from, and that the chickens dry out and become fluffy and are able to walk quite quickly. We learnt that they needed to stay in the Incubator for a while until they were stronger, as this takes the place of the mother hen keeping them warm. Then we moved the healthy fluffy little chickens into the “Brooder”. This has a light which continues to keep them warm, and they are now able to eat and drink by themselves. This will be their home while they are with us , and they will go back home on Friday next week, unless anyone would like to adopt some. If you would please let us know. Next week the children will be able to hold them gently and this will give them the opportunity to learn how to care for small creatures responsibly. We looked at posters which illustrate the development of the chicken inside the egg over the 21 days till hatching, and read books which illustrate the life cycle of hens. This is a hands on opportunity for learning new information.
We have started to prepare for Father’s day – he children carefully decorated their invitations and these will go home next week. Then we will make our presents for our Dads.
We have been playing games which incorporate matching, recognizing, and counting, activities for the beginning of reading and writing, but through play and games in an informal way.
Dancing has started again with Karen, and what a wonderful session we had last week – we even did a Greek dance – the children listened very carefully, as they did when we had our music session with Kylie. The children needed to listen to instructions, remember these, carry them out and change actions and musical instruments according to the words playing – they are doing a great job, and are having so much fun.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.