Lately, the children have engaged in running laps of the outdoor play area, using the pathway. Usually, it is one child at a time who will demonstrate to the educators “how fast I can run”. Particularly as the weather gets cooler and there is potentially more rain, this is a good way to ensure the children use up some of their energy. It is essential for the children to play outside, even when it is cold or raining. In these instances, a coat, beanie, gloves and gumboots are useful. If the rain is too heavy, the children will be kept under the shelter, however, it is important for them to get a chance to play outside whatever the weather. The children really enjoy having their snack and group time outside, so this is something we will attempt to do whenever possible.
On Friday last week, we began a science experiment using dyed water and carnations. On Monday, we observed the changes in the flowers. The flowers had changed colour from white to whichever colour the water was. The children decided that this was because the flowers sucked the water up the stem. Jess asked if the children thought flowers outside would do this, and though some said, no, they realised that all plants must do this because they need water to grow. The purpose of this experiment is to demonstrate the fact that flowers, plants and our vegetables which we planted, suck up the water we pour on them and it helps them to grow. This visual way of explaining this really assists the children’s understanding.
In addition to the carnation experiment, we have been learning more about worms and how they assist our plants to grow. We read a book about how worm casts are good for the soil and even the tunnels which they dig help the water to get to the roots of a plant. The children also learnt about being careful with worms and not chopping them in half when they dig as the worm will die. This assists the children’s understanding that all insects need to be treated with care and looked after.
Jess, Karen and Fiona