Due to the Labour Day holiday on Monday, we had a shorter week. Despite this, we still fit in about as much into the two days as we usually do in three!
With Harmony Day coming next Friday and our discussions surrounding ourselves leading to other, this week we focussed on celebrating difference. A simple way to examine this with children is to ask them to look at themselves first and then compare to others. This needs to be done in a sensitive way in order to ensure that the children understand that difference is valued, making them special and unique. We examined this difference by tracing our handprints. This activity also strengthens their fine motor skills and is an indication of early literacy. These will be going into the children’s portfolios as an example of this. Additionally, we have been encouraging the children to draw self-portraits. Together, the children assisted Jess in drawing a picture of herself. This demonstrates that each person looks different and will help the children to understand this.
We have also had a craft table set up for a couple of weeks now and have observed the children pasting and cutting. Both of these activities are enhanced by the threading, playdough and pin board experiences we have had out in the room. Though the children are very young, this area of development is nurtured through fun activities and is vital for their fine motor skills.
Jess and Fiona have been very pleased to observe the children’s friendships developing within the room. This has been particularly evident when other children have been feeling upset within the room; their friends have been approaching them and offering hugs and comfort. This is a particularly crucial aspect of three year old kinder, as the children’s future social and emotional skills have a basis in the early years of their lives. We have had group time discussions of the best way to assist others to feel happier and will continue to focus on this throughout the year.
Karen is still absent and will be until Term 2; Fiona will be assisting on a Monday instead.
Jess and Fiona