Our cold weather made us think and talk about snow, so we made our own snowman- the children helped to stick lots of white “snow” (cushion filling) onto an upturned container, then when that was dry, we added a face, a hat and a scarf. He looks great and gets many hugs from the children. Using this as our inspiration we put out a collection of white paper circles of different sizes, scissors and paste, some pieces of ribbon, white chalk and black crayons, and black cardboard as a base for the children’s own snowman creations. Then it was up to the children’s imaginations and creativity. This was a very busy table , and the resulting snowmen were amazing – all different, each with its own personality and character, and they are now proudly on display on our wall in our room before going home.
We have encouraged the children’s creativity and different ways of thinking by providing familiar activities in different ways – perhaps by working on vertical surfaces instead of horizontal, and by building or working on different levels. We have been drawing at the easels, on larger sheets of paper using oil pastels, the children have produced some amazing and detailed drawings- we have painted with tiny brushes at the table - we continue to explore colour and design through pattern making – we had table top building using a coloured base covering two tables, natural architectural blocks, magic stones, coloured tiles and small figures.
We have been working on harder and bigger puzzles, often large floor puzzles which children work at together, and we introduced a puzzle/game which incorporates addition and subtraction – the children need to spin a spinner, and according to what picture the pointer lands on, they either add one piece of their chosen animal, add two pieces, miss a turn , or subtract a piece – this requires the children to be patient, persist and follow instructions.
We are learning how to say” Hello” in different languages (Kylie is also doing this in her music sessions). We have looked at our Globe of the World to find the different countries these apply to, and talked about the Earth, where we live, the Equator, the Oceans, the North and South Poles, and we will extend on this knowledge. We received a postcard from Karen (our dancing teacher) from Italy, showing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which we talked about and found where Italy was on our Globe.
Max the Photographer came to Kindergarten and took photographs of the individual children and a Group photo- these will be forwarded to you in a few weeks for you to choose any photos you would like to purchase.
Next Thursday there will be a Coffee get together for Group A , after you have dropped your child off at Kindergarten, join the other Mums (and Dads if they would like)in the front room for a chat.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.