Autumn continues to be the focus of some fun activities – we are lucky to have a playground that gives us so many opportunities to observe and discuss Autumn in all its glory. We spent some time this week in the beautiful sunshine raking, sweeping and collecting the leaves on the ground – the children collected as many leaves as they could , and carried them in wheelbarrows , piling them into a huge pile. They measured how big this pile was in comparison to themselves, then all the children joined in and stood in a circle around the pile. The children showed considerable restraint waiting until all the group had assembled, then we counted down together, and threw armfuls of leaves into the air as high as we could – all over each other. We did this many times until the pile was gone, then the children helped brush the leaves off each other. This was a group activity, with everybody working together to achieve an aim, and the result was so much fun! The children are developing a sense of community – being connected with each other - working together, discussing what they are doing , helping each other, being aware of each other and each other’s needs. We also walked around to the front of Kindergarten and observed the beautiful coloured leaves on the side fence – examining the leaf shapes and colours, we are encouraging the children to be aware of the world around them and curious about what they might find.
We also worked together to re- establish our Vegetable Garden- we worked together planting seedlings – we discussed what we were planting – what they would grow into, how we needed to care for them We planted silver beet, broccoli, beans and lettuce. The children from all the groups have also planted different things, so we will have a thriving vegetable patch. We will learn about gardening, and the children will be responsible for watering and caring for the garden. When they grow, we will be able to pick and eat our own produce – a hands on learning experience, giving us opportunities to discuss healthy eating, and learning by doing.
We are practicing using our fine motor skills and concentrating , by having such activities as threading, doing harder layered puzzles , drawing in specified spaces, and playing games requiring concentration and focus and following rules – the children are becoming confident learners, developing a range of skills.
The children have started to prepare for Mothers Day- they took home invitations they had made , we are making special surprises , and there are more things to organise this week – we are looking forward to having the Mums spending time with us next Friday 10.45 a.m. – 12.00 noon.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.