This week the children continued to show interest in what lives in the sea and the beach /ocean environments- we put out more sea creature models on a table for the children to examine and identify, then later in the week we put these into a trough of blue water, so it became a sensory experience as well. We have put up on the wall, the picture series of sea creatures that we have been learning about - as well as looking beautiful, the children have been discussing these with each other remembering what they have learnt. We also have large posters , one of tropical fish, and the other is of what you might find when you go beachcombing, many of these are already familiar to the children, as we have talked about them at mat time.
Earlier in the week, we had a real fish (a Red Schnapper purchased at the local fish market), for the children to see, touch, examine and learn about. It was placed on a tray on the table and the children touched, felt, prodded, lifted up, smelt – we talked about the features of the fish – it’s body, the scales on its skin, its fins and its tail, its eyes, gills, mouth and teeth- we talked about what it might eat, where it would live, how it moved along, about its skeleton. This was a great hands on “real” experience for the children
We were also lucky enough to be able to see(it was very precious so we were not really able to play with it), a real (but dead and preserved) Sea Horse, what a beautiful thing to see- the children had already learnt about how sea horses swim, use their tail to hold onto seaweed, and how the fathers carry the babies in their pouches. Together we have learnt a great deal about sea creatures, and will continue to expand on this.
We also froze some small plastic fish in ice – so the children had to try to get the fish out. This was a science experience as well, as the children talked about how you make ice, that ice takes time to melt, how we can hurry this up by rubbing the ice with our warm hands, and what was the end result of the ice melting – water!
Following the Museum visit, we also had some activities based around Dinosaurs – on a table set up like a museum display, we had tiny Dinosaur skeletons with magnifying glasses, small dinosaurs and pretend trees in play dough, looked up Reference books about Dinosaurs, and had stories about Dinosaurs.
We are getting some wonderful paintings and drawings, the children are really engaged doing these. The children are imaginative and creative and we look forward to exploring these talents.
Thanks to all the Mums who came and shared a chat and a cup of coffee- the Kindergarten families are an important part of our Kindergarten community.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.