The cold weather continues, and starting outside first is a challenge, but we encourage lots of physical activity to help the children warm up. The most popular are running races around the path, and jumping over a rope – one end tied to the climbing fort, and the other end held by an adult. We can vary the challenge for the children by making the rope higher or lower, and by swaying the rope or moving it so that the children have to jump wide and long as well - then they do a running circuit of the playground to go back to the start again – we have some very confident jumpers.
The children are noticing daily the growth in our vegetable garden- our broccoli have started to develop and the beans are flowering, so it looks great – the children are very excited about it.
We have talked about Winter and what happens around us. We talked about the deciduous trees and what we have in our playground. We noticed the new plants in our garden. We noticed the moss and fungus that are growing on our path We discussed frost, ice, snow and other wintry things that occur. We talked about what happens with animals in the wild – this encompassed the hibernation of animals – how they prepare for this, and how long they hibernate for. We have frozen some containers of water in our freezer – and we will put them out in the sun to see how long it will take for them to melt back into water again, one container in the shade and one container in the sun – which one will melt first? We will make our own snowman.
The children are really engaged in the making/construction table with the boxes etc – they have very good ideas and are becoming very clever at carrying out their ideas. We continue to explore colour and shapes through puzzles and games and activities.
We had a photographer from the local Stonnington Leader newspaper visit us to take photos of the children – we have applied for a Grant to purchase new puzzles and games for Kindergarten, and we need everybody to vote for us so we are successful in winning this.
The Kindergarten Photographs , both individual and a Group photos will be taken at Kindergarten next Thursday – please make sure your children arrive on time as it will be a busy day.
We welcomed a new family into our Group this week, and the children made Tayten feel very welcome, which was great.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.