Welcome back to kinder Kangaroos families! We hope you all had an enjoyable break and we are looking forward to Term 3!
What wonderful greetings Jess and Karen received from the children on Tuesday! So many hugs and smiling faces made us very happy to start another term with all of the children. The children seemed equally excited to see each other and played well outside despite the freezing cold conditions. This is a timely reminder to all parents to ensure they pack appropriate clothing for their children – coats, beanies, gloves, scarves, gumboots, etc. As often as possible, we will be spending a fair chunk of the session outside, so the children need to be dressed warmly. Remember, there is no such thing as inappropriate weather, only inappropriate clothing! The children need time to play outdoors, to use their energy and for their health. We have a beautiful outdoor learning area, the children love to use it!
At mat time the children each had stories to tell the rest of the group about what they had done during their break from kinder. It was wonderful for them to share their stories and experiences with each other. They had noticed that a few things had changed in the kinder room and were keen to explore these new experiences. Changing around the room not only helps to keep them interested in kinder, but also assists in learning to accept change and find the good in it.
As the weather has been so predictably wet of late and some of the children have either visited or will visit the snow, we are focussing on weather. On Friday we engaged in a science experiment which demonstrated how rain clouds fill with rain before emptying it out like a sponge. The children enjoy a visual representation of a lengthy explanation and it aides in their comprehension. Next week, they will be able to experiment themselves with the same experience to consolidate their learning.
In July, we will have class photos taken, plus an incursion visit from Farmer Sue who brings in a mobile farm and shows the children how to churn butter. We have much planned for the rest of the term, with Father’s Day coming up, cooking experiences planned and lots of learning to do!
Jess, Karen and Fiona