This week we practised a lockdown with the children. Though we have practised fire drills with the children, we had not talked about what happens when the threat is outside. We discussed with the children how there are some times when we would need to stay inside the kinder. To indicate that a lockdown would take place, Jess would blow the whistle and say “Lockdown” and then the children need to come and sit on the mat (or whichever designated area was indicated). Together we practised sitting quietly and whispering. Though this was taken seriously, we avoided discussing too many technicalities of a lockdown so as not to scare the children. In the instance of an emergency evacuation or lockdown it is essential that the children are practised, but hopefully not scared.
This week Karen discussed with the children healthy eating. She introduced a game which involved traffic lights, with green indicating healthy food, yellow indicating sometimes food and red indicating special occasion food. Though there were some initial difficulties with understanding what each colour meant, the children enjoyed problem solving whether a food was red, yellow or green. We asked the children a lot of “why” questions to determine the thought-process behind their decisions. The children thoroughly enjoyed the game and we will play it again this term.
We have also been preparing for Grandparents and Special People Day at kinder. The preparation has involved making our presents and our cards, along with baking for the morning tea. All of the children are thoroughly excited about the day and some were even sad on Friday when their parents picked them up rather than their special people!
Jessica, Karen and Fiona