This week began with such an exciting day on Monday. We had our very first incursion, with David the Music Man coming to visit. David brings in instruments from all over the world, many of which the children will not have heard of before, and demonstrates how they are played for the children. He also sings some songs which the children know and teaches them a couple of new ones. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout the session which went for an hour. This is testament to David’s ability to engage the children. All of the children commented on just how funny David was. Karen and I saw all of the children laughing at David and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. This was particularly impressive considering many had been to the disco the afternoon before and were visibly tired during the session. The children who attended the disco all had many stories to share too – what a wonderful fundraiser!
As I have mentioned in many previous reflections, conflict resolution is a big focus this term in the Kangaroos. When a conflict arises, the children are encouraged to solve it themselves, using appropriate language such as, “Stop it, I don’t like it when…” and “That made me feel…when you…”. This takes a lot of patience for children to deal with their own conflict and is something we expect to work on for the entire year. However, I have been very pleased to notice that a few of the children have been talking to each other using these phrases and similar even without prompting. In addition to this, there had been some name calling early in the term, but this has subsided which demonstrates that the children are really beginning to take notice of each other and their feelings.
Finally, we finished this week with a science experiment which demonstrates variation in density of liquid. We have had slime for the past week in the room and sometimes the children struggled to understand how the density changed from a solid to a liquid when they touched the slime. This experiment completed on Friday helps to explain that. Using a glass jar, warm water fills up ¾ of it. Then we combined oil with a few drops of different coloured food dyes. The children assisted in counting out the drops and then we watched as the oil settled on the top of the warm water, while the food dye dripped down, making fireworks in the jar. The children really enjoy these experiments we do together and the questions they ask are fascinating along with their hypotheses.
Jess, Karen and Fiona