This week we have still had the chicks in our kinder room. The children have very much enjoyed watching them grow and all got excited whenever they could hear the chicks cheeping. We still had limits of two children looking at the chicks at a time so as not to crowd the box. It was fantastic to hear the children echoing the words of the educators; “only two people at the table”, “just looking with our eyes”. We were all sad to say goodbye to the chicks and I am sure that we will have lots of questions next week about where they have gone.
Earlier this week our stick insect died. It had been observed by the educators that it had appeared unwell as it was not eating. It had also been with us at kinder for 2-3 years which is roughly their lifespan. We chose to keep the stick insect’s body within the room so the children could see it. At mat time I explained to the children that the stick insect had been very sick and had unfortunately died. Some of the children said they were very sad about this and others seemed to have less understanding of what this meant. There may be some questions asked at home about the stick insect’s death. We are hoping to get another stick insect in the future.
The theme of investigation has continued in the room this week. The children made some secret pictures using white pastels and water colour paint. This was very exciting for the children to see the picture reveal itself to them as they painted over it with the water colours. We also had a closer examination of magnets with our magnet investigation table set up, along with some magnet games on another table. The children investigated how the magnets worked by testing the different materials in our magnets box. This is important for both their understanding of how magnets attract and repel each other, but also their trial and error skills.
Finally, we have been working on our presents for Father’s Day/Special Men Day. This is a special surprise present and involves some experimentation which the children love. Each present is unique to the child and it is very exciting for them to create these with their special person in mind. I will send out a reminder email regarding this breakfast and if you have any queries, please do email me or speak to me at class. The children look forward to these special days and the preparation for it is almost as much fun as the event itself!
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.