Rain, rain everywhere – but as we are able to use the covered space under the veranda when the weather is unkind- we play outside regardless of the cold – fresh air is good for us ! Please make sure your children have a warm coat to put on. The rain is also wonderful for our vegetable garden, the plants we planted together are looking very healthy – we have discussed that we do not need to water when it is raining. The Autumn leaves have almost all dropped off , so we have talked about the bare branches on the trees in our playground, and the difference between Deciduous and Evergreen trees.
The children are responding enthusiastically to our dancing sessions with Karen. This week was quite complicated, and required the children to listen carefully, remember and follow quite explicit instructions, managing their bodies in space, changing direction, balancing, and being aware of the other children around them, as well as dancing freely – it was great fun.
The highlight of the week was the visit from Wildlife Xposure and all the amazing Australian animals and reptiles Xavier the presenter brought to show the children. He brought a beautiful little Sugar Glider Possum, a magnificent white Barn Owl, two different species of Lizards, a Turtle, a Green Tree Frog, two different huge Pythons ( we were very brave), and a Crocodile. He was careful to explain to the children that these animals were his pets so that we were able to touch them, but that if we saw snakes in the wild – do not go near them, stand very still, then move quietly away and tell an adult. The children were very interested, and learnt much information. So that the parents were able to talk with their children about what they saw, a note was sent home to each family telling them what the children had seen and learnt about, and we are following up with discussions at Kindergarten, and looking up reference books to learn more and extend the children’s knowledge. The children were asked to draw a picture about the animals they had seen, and we have some wonderful drawings. This exercise required the children to remember, to visualise their ideas, and be able to transfer these ideas on to paper – quite a challenge. We also took many photos, and these will be on display for us to recall and discuss what we saw .What a wonderful hands on learning experience for us all. These experiences encourage the children to become confident and involved learners, and to develop dispositions for learning – confidence, curiosity, enthusiasm, researching, investigating. Awareness of these animals and their habitats, and their importance also encourages the children to develop a sense of responsibility, care and respect towards all creatures, and show respect for the environment and the world around us.
What a busy week ! What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.