We began this week with a cooking experience. In an effort to make some food which required fine motor skill, along with being something the children may not have tried, we decided on sushi. At the suggestion of one of the parents, we also made inari. The children seemed to really enjoy the process of choosing their own ingredients with the tongs to put inside the sushi and inari. As this was closer to meal size for the children, we gave it to take home. Fortunately, we have had some positive feedback regarding the taste!
This week we began Show and Tell. A roster was sent out during the school holidays and again at the end of this week as a reminder. This seemed to be particularly exciting for the children. Each child had the choice to sit on the teacher chair or stand in front of it to share their Show and Tell. It was fantastic to see the range of items brought in to kinder; it was clear the thought that went into the share items. The children are then given the chance to elaborate on their item and are assisted with prompts from the educators if needed. The children then open up to questions from their peers and can choose two people. The questions asked by the children are often quite interesting and really demonstrate how well they listen to each other. There are numerous benefits to having Show and Tell as a part of the session; they practise talking in front of a group, listening to each other, answering questions from peers, following kinder expectations such as putting up their hand and listening quietly, and demonstrating respect for their peers.
During this term we will have a greater focus on developing independence in the children. This will involve them taking greater responsibility for their own items and providing them with small “jobs” to do around the kinder both inside and outside. We will also continue with our literacy and numeracy focus in the room.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.