Monday was Beau-Ruby’s last day of kinder, so we had a party for her. The children made her a group card and also individual pictures to take with her to New Zealand. We looked on the map where kinder is and where New Zealand is. Beau explained how she was going to get to New Zealand. The children all said goodbye to Beau at the end of the session. We are hoping to get some correspondence occasionally from Beau, so the children are able to keep in contact.
During our mat times lately, there has been much discussion of group expectations. The children are asked to turn their listening ears on, zip their lips (while someone else is talking) and turn their looking eyes to whoever is speaking. This is something we practise each session, though we have found that the children have needed more reminding of late. Generally, it is clear that the children have respect for each other’s feelings and adjust their behaviour to hear their friends.
We have been making a volcano for the last couple of weeks. This week we painted our volcano so it is ready for the eruption. There has been much discussion of volcanoes both inside the room and outside. It is fantastic to hear the children using words such as, eruption, ash, lava and melting to explain what is happening to their volcanoes. Due to this keen interest in experiments, we have begun a carnation experiment. The children assisted with counting out the flowers and mixing the food dye to put the flowers in. On Monday we will discover what has happened to our carnations. Experiments like these are a great way for the children to learn hypothesising, trial and error, and cause and effect.
Jess, Karen and Fiona