With the Trivia Night coming up (have you joined the Kangaroos table yet?!), we have begun our beautiful artwork which will be auctioned on the night. Each child is involved in the artwork and it is coming together well with the assistance of Kate (Alex’s mum). We have also been working hard on our Father’s/Special Men breakfast invitations; a follow-up email will be sent out shortly in regards to this event. We find that when the artwork is purposeful as it was with the Trivia Night auction piece and the invitations, all of the children are more enthusiastic about participating. It is lovely to see the effort the children put into their invitations with their special person in mind.
This week we have had a focus on mystery solving. The children have demonstrated an interest in how things work, along with solving puzzles lately, thus a range of mystery themed activities have been set up within the room. These activities encourage problem solving and team work, along with just being a whole lot of fun. We have been reading mystery books together and solving them as a group. One of the mysteries in the room involved the Living Eggs delivery which arrived on Monday afternoon. The children discussed what they thought would hatch out of the eggs and eagerly watched the eggs for signs of cracks. After brainstorming some appropriate “Eggs Rules”, it was fantastic to see and hear the respectful way the children acted around the eggs; whispering and taking turns watching. The children were then thrilled to come into kinder on Friday to see that the eggs had hatched and they had been chicks’ eggs!
Early in the week we made rice paper rolls. The children were able to choose their own ingredients to put into the rolls. This encourages responsibility over their own food choices and allowed for an opportunity to discuss vegetables and healthy eating. The children used tongs to select their ingredients and rolled up their rolls themselves, practising their fine motor skills. At the end of the session, the children sat down to try their rice paper rolls. Many found that they had included vegetables which they did not like and all found the rice paper to be a bit sticky to the touch. Despite all of this, they tried their rolls with some even ripping open the rice paper to get to the vegetables inside.
On Friday we needed to make some more playdough for the children to play with, so we decided to involve the children in the process. The children have made playdough before and really enjoy the activity. This group has demonstrated a keen interest in science experiments and thus really enjoy the change that happens when they dough mixture is heated and becomes playdough. The children chose to dye the playdough red after a vote. When Fiona brought the playdough back into the room, the children were thrilled with what they had made. Playdough made by the children is always more fun to play with!
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.