We began this week with our Father’s/Special Men Day celebrations. It was lovely to see the children so excited to bring their special person in and show them their kinder room. There had been much preparation for this special breakfast; beginning with designing the invitations, creating the badges for the present, decorating the cards and finally baking the banana muffins. On the morning, we had a smoothie bar set up which allowed the children and their special person to mix milk, yoghurt and fruit together to make their own special smoothie to go with the muffins. This was a hit! The activities set up around the room encouraged the children to play with at least one other person (hopefully their special person). In the middle of the room we had pieces of paper and paint to allow the children to paint their special person’s hand and one of their own and compare them. This will go into their portfolio as part of the memories of the day. The breakfast finished with the children sitting with their special person on the mat and singing songs together. We even taught them a new song about men in a flying saucer!
We have been continuing with the provision of different materials to paint with at the art table inside. The children have enjoyed the water colours and have been creating some very imaginative pictures which are frequently accompanied by a long description. Often it is recommended to not ask children too much about what they are painting, however, asking them to tell you about their creation can be a good starting point to understand what they are thinking when they create pictures. This can be particularly interesting when a child does not demonstrate a strong desire to paint/draw, etc. as it really gives you an insight into their thought processes. Art can be very cathartic for children and allows them to explore topics which they may not be able to express an understanding of verbally.
The imaginative play outside has continued and flourished. This is a perfect opportunity for the children to learn problem solving and conflict resolution, along with extending their creativity. As with everything your children are learning, problem solving and conflict resolution are a process and will take time for them to learn. It is promising to hear the children repeating phrases the educators and their parents have provided them with. The next step in this process is the follow up; what to do when another child says no. Not all children will get along and playing with different children is fantastic for their social development. At kinder we try to foster and positive environment where the children can feel comfortable approach anyone to play with. If you have any queries regarding this, please get in contact with me as soon as possible so we can work together to sort out problems.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.