Welcome back to kinder Kangaroo families! We hope you had a well-rested break.
This week the children settled back in to kinder, with a new student and a new room set up. We try to change the room furniture around occasionally to maintain the children’s interest along with ensuring that different areas have a focus. The children have spent a lot of time on the aeroplane, though it has many incarnations as a train, tram or bus.
Each year we have silk worms in the room and they have just recently hatched. The children took a closer look at the worms and discussed what they thought would happen to the worms as they ate the mulberry leaves. The silk worms will, of course, transform soon. This will be exciting for the children and a fantastic learning experience.
Last term we began a compost experiment. After the holidays, it was suggested that we see what has happened to the banana peel and apple core. The children hypothesised what might have happened to the fruit scraps before we took a look. It is essential for the children to practise at guessing what they think will occur as it requires them to think partly using their imagination as well as their developing reasoning skills to arrive at a plausible hypothesis. This is a skill which is developed over time and asking the children open-ended questions such as these will assist in this. Together we discovered that the banana peel was black and even smaller, and the apple core had shrunk a bit too. This is a clear way for the children to assess their hypotheses.
Next week we will begin Show and Tell. Please refer to the Show and Tell roster emailed out during the holidays for when your child has theirs.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.