This week was another very busy one in the Kangaroos room; we had cooking on Monday, preparations for Father’s Day/Special Men Day and our usual array of learning experiences. Our cooking experience on Monday was simple healthy sandwiches. We had a range of vegetables for the children to use along with cheese and ham. The children chose whether they wanted to use bread or a wrap and then chose their fillings. This gives the children responsibility over their own choices which ensures a greater likelihood that they would eat their sandwich. As per usual, we ate the sandwiches at the end of the session together. Some of the children chose to take their sandwich home rather than eat it at kinder. This experience was further extended when we handed out the bags donated by Coles. This provided an opportunity for a discussion about healthy food with the children.
This week we have been preparing for our Father’s Day/Special Men Day. We have been making our presents, cards and baking food for the day. The children have been involved in the entire process and have been getting very excited about the breakfast. We have also been practising some songs to sing for the morning. The morning is a special opportunity for fathers and other men in the children’s lives to spend some time at kinder. It is particularly exciting for the children to have people who do not often attend kinder or at all come to the breakfast.
This fortnight we are taking a further look at mysteries and being detectives. We have made some secret pictures using water colours, along with doing fingerprint pictures. The children have enjoyed this theme as it has allowed them to investigate the experiences set out in the room. Also, they like activities which are mysteries. This theme will lead into further investigation through excavation which will combine with the children’s interest in construction.
Outside it has been wonderful to see the children engaging in cooperative imaginative play. This play allows the children to further examine topics and situations to garner greater understanding. In imaginative play children are required to act above their current understanding which stretches their knowledge. Sometimes this play can investigate topics which need assistance from the educators to scaffold the children’s learning. In these instances, educators provide the children with the appropriate language and also mediate when problems arise. This is an essential part of the children’s learning.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.