Our numbers have been very depleted this week as many children are sick – we do ask that children who are unwell stay home, as germs spread very quickly, and a sick child cannot enjoy Kindergarten. Having fewer children sometimes encourages the children present to play with children they do not normally play with , which can be a very positive experience.
We packed away our camping area this week after many happy and busy times in there, and have set up a Home Corner again, incorporating our new fridge and microwave. The children can play out familiar experiences and roles, and the area encourages much conversation and interaction.
The children’s interest in drawing continues with some very detailed and imaginative work. This week we challenged the children to decorate and cut out snake patterns which they can hang up. This required the children to decorate within a set shape and to cut with scissors following a specific spiralling circular line, developing their fine muscle skills and requiring control and care. The results were fun, they did a great job.
The children are enjoying doing large floor puzzles which they work at together – encouraging discussion, recognition, co-operation, and patience, as do the board games we play together.
The children continue to be interested in Toadstools and Fungus, they search the playground each day, and we look at our Reference Book on Fungus to try to identify these. We have discussed with the children, and stressed that they can touch the mushrooms they buy in the shops, but should not touch any they find at Kindergarten or in the park. We had some varying sized mushrooms which we examined and learnt about- we discussed the skin which covers the button mushrooms and shrinks away as they grow bigger, and also learnt about the gills on the inside of the mushrooms and learnt about the spores (like seeds) within these gills, which when the mushroom grows bigger and opens – drop to the ground and grow into new mushrooms. We then carried out a science experiment by upturning a mushroom onto white paper and leaving it overnight – then in the morning we discovered the mushroom shape that was made on the paper by the spores dropping out of the gills of the mushroom – quite a discovery!
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.