Another week flown by – we will be at the end of the term before we know it. We didn’t have any visitors happening this week, but it was good not to have to organize the children too much – to allow them to play at their own pace and make their own choices as to how long they spent at activities.
We followed through after David the Music Man – the photos of him playing each instrument are up on display in our room, with a Reference Book about MusicaI Instruments to find the ones the children remembered from his visit, and to find out about some more. We finished making our musical shakers – and spent time playing these to rhythmical music – sometimes sitting in a circle, sometimes marching around. They do make a satisfying sound – either by shaking them or by tapping them with the palm of the other hand. We also discussed the role of the conductor in an Orchestra – the players need to respond to his signals, so the children needed to play their shakers and respond to my signals to stop or start. We did have to do a couple of running repairs, but they were remarkably strong, and the children were very happy with the results of their work. We will have more experiences with the Kindergarten musical instruments, and work out other instruments we can make ourselves.
The children’s interest in art activities of all sorts continues to excite us, and the drawings are becoming so detailed and imaginative, and the paintings so beautiful. We had drawing on the big easels using just black crayons – no colour – with great results. Sometimes it’s good to get back to basic black and white for a change, and drawing on large sheets of paper instead the smaller pages also produces different drawings .It is also good to use paints, textas, pencils etc. on both horizontal and vertical surfaces, as different skills and muscles are used. We made interesting butterfly print which the children enjoyed , and our pasting table was a very busy and creative place. We will continue to explore other art and craft experiences as we go.
The children continue to explore colour, shape and design – both through art and craft activities, through pattern making games and activities, and also through building/ construction activities. We put up some pictures of big multi storey buildings ,bridges etc. which led to many discussions, but the children do like to explore their own ideas, and their buildings are often very complex.
As well as having open ended activities where the children follow through their own ideas – it is also important to have some activities where the children are required to follow instructions or copy a pattern – this requires focus, memory and confidence. In dancing this week the children needed to listen carefully to the words of a song about driving, and remember to follow definite instructions, different for each verse. It was quite a challenge for the children but they managed very well. They also danced around an Aboriginal theme, which required some group movement in and out of a circle. The children are developing their ability to listen, focus, understand and demonstrate their understanding in actions - another challenge.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.