Have you noticed the magnificent Autumn Leaves on the wall at the back of the Courtyard you look at when you come in the front door? We have been discussing Autumn and the changes in the weather and the changes that are happening in our playground and the gardens around us. The children have been encouraged to look around them and to be aware of the things they can see- too often in our hurried world we don’t have time to see all the wonderful things around us. The children have been looking for different coloured leaves and collecting these, comparing the colours and shapes they find. We have been using rakes, brooms and baskets to collect these leaves. We have also introduced the children to the “helicopter” seeds that are on the big tree near the swings – the children have discovered if they drop these from up high such as from the fort, they spin down like helicopters – great fun and an experiment to see which ones spin the best and how far they fly. We enjoyed making our own stunning Autumn leaves using eye droppers and coloured dye to colour absorbent paper- when dry, they have been hung from our ceiling in our room – they look beautiful.
Collecting leaves also provides opportunities to search for bugs and creatures , and the children have had many exciting finds – we have also had insect models on our table for the children to learn about. The children are developing a great interest in the natural world around them which is really important.
The children continue to enjoy our camping area with the “tent” and campfire – many picnics take place there.
We have been using some different building blocks this week, with some natural wooden “Architectural” blocks in our block corner based on some long coloured timber panels - the children used their imaginations to combine these with small tiles and animals and other bits and pieces – and created some imaginative and creative buildings and structures.
We made Anzac Biscuits on Friday – all children who wanted to have a turn helped us to make these – lots of stirring and mixing – and when they were cooked – we sat outside in the sun ate them enthusiastically – delicious!
We will be celebrating Mothers Day on Friday 8th May – 10.45 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. – put this date in your Diary – Invitations will follow shortly.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.