Another cold week – so many more activities to warm us up – lots of running, jumping, and climbing .
We had a Balance Board out for the children to walk on and practice their balancing skills – using bean bags to balance on various parts of their bodies to test their balance – walking forwards, sideways, backwards.
We put out our Hopscotch mat which the children learnt to use, this was a test in controlling the speed and direction of their bodies, and being able to balance on one leg as well as two, they helped each other.
We put up our Punching bag on the swing frame – to use up some energy and test their reflexes. They are surprised when it comes straight back at them, and that they need to work out how to use it correctly – this requires concentration, co-ordination, timing, strength and energy
We put out a gym mat on the little hill for somersaulting and rolling.
We had the rolling barrel which they used to roll each other (or themselves) – this required the children to take care of and respect the child inside the barrel to make sure that child was safe and felt comfortable with the speed and action of the process.
Digging and building in the sandpit - we have had some wonderful constructions using blocks, shaped pieces of wood, and plumber’s pipes – the resulting constructions were planned and then carried out with the children working together.
When challenged with a new skill to learn and master, the children need to work out for themselves how to use their bodies correctly to achieve this new skill. These activities , as well as requiring and teaching new physical skills – also require c-operation, patience, turn taking, and respect for others – all life skills! They also warm us up on these cold days.
As I have said before, we spend some time outside regardless of the weather- the children just need warm clothes to wear, as we don’t get wet under our veranda. When the sun did eventually did come out, we had fun exploring making shadows by using our bodies, and discovering what happened.
The children continue to explore colour, design, and patterns, through art works, puzzles and games. Sometimes these designs are just using black and white to explore contrast.
We have been discussing our families and how each family can be different, and be made up of different numbers of people. We will be discussing families around the world in the weeks to come, different countries, different homes, and different languages.
Hope you all had a relaxing cup of coffee and a chat last Thursday.
Invitations to Fathers Morning on Friday 4th September to celebrate Fathers Day will be going home shortly.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.