This week has been another busy one at kinder, settling back into our routine and also changing a few aspects of it around. These changes allow the children more time to engage in activities and Karen, Fiona and myself to spend more time with smaller groups of children.
The biggest change has been the introduction of a progressive snack. This means that the children eat when they are hungry and are not required to sit together until everyone is finished. By allowing the children to choose when they eat, this gives them more responsibility over their needs. In the beginning, the children are encouraged to eat at certain times, however, by the end of the year, the children will be able to acknowledge the necessity themselves. The children are generally asked if they are hungry, which encourages them to consider the way their body feels. The children will still be asked to eat at some point during the session, though, as they can potentially get distracted and not eat at all.
This fortnight has seen the introduction of more open ended art activities. The children have really enjoyed pasting and some use the scissors when creating their art. Most commonly noticed is using two hands for the scissors. By keeping these activities out during the session, this allows the educators to spend time with the children to assist in correcting this. It is, however, a process and more fine motor activities will be encouraged throughout the room.
Additionally, some of the children have been collecting leaves for the room. These leaves have been used for artwork, dance and a discussion of autumn. The children have been fascinated with the changes in the leaves and have noted the weather changes too – “why is it sunny but I’m still cold?” We will continue to examine the seasonal changes and use these changes for further discussions and activities.
Jess, Karen and Fiona