We began this week with Grandparents Day. We had a lot of visitors to this session and some of the children found it a bit overwhelming to have so many people in the room. However, the majority were very excited to invite their guests into the room. The children showed their grandparents and special guests around the room, pointing out important parts. The children had baked some mini raspberry and coconut muffins for the day and we set up another smoothie station which was a hit yet again. At the end of the morning tea, the children performed two songs for their guests – Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, and Johnny Works With One Hammer. After this, they gave their special guests a present and a card which they had made in the previous week. Thank you to everyone who came to the morning tea!
There has been a renewed focus on construction in the room at the moment. The children like to use blocks inside and outside to build towers, transport and traps. The problem solving discussion which goes with this is excellent for social development. Generally these activities are completed in teams and the children work towards a common goal. Construction outside often involves running games or collecting treasures. Similarly to inside, it will involve team work though the children usually gravitate to different people inside and outside which gives the chance for problem solving and conflict resolution with different children.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.