We started outdoors on Monday which enabled many children to practice their running or climbing skills and several were able to play tennis with each other. This does take co-ordination and timing. When we come indoors we always go through the list of names. For several sessions now we have been concentrating on the first letter of each child’s name. By doing this it has generated an interest in each child’s name as well as the letters of the alphabet. I have a bag of letters. I held up one letter at a time and the children were able to tell us what it was. Some children were able to tell us who starts with that particular letter along with other words or animals or items e.g. “p for penguin” “z for zebra” Instead of reading a story we discussed the weather, the days of the week and what month it is. The children were able to let us know that it was cold but it was not snowing because it does not “snow in the city”
On Tuesday outdoors several children were excited about participating in ten pin bowling with each other. This involved not only rolling/throwing a ball to knock down the pins but also to take turns and wait for their peers as well as celebrating each other’s success. Other children kicked the football or played tennis. How talented and skilful the children are. Indoors recognising letters continued with enthusiasm. Numbers, colours and shapes were also examined. The children were able to let me know that the month is June and the day was Tuesday and the weather was cloudy and cold again....
There was lots of interest in the vegetable garden today, talking about what was growing and what is needed to help them grow and YES watering did occur. The scarecrow that was made by the 4 Year Old Group A will be going in the garden next week. His name is Bill. Many children were keen to go indoors so they could go through everyone’s name and to talk about the letters of the alphabet, colours and shapes. During the short experience time we had today, the Australian animal habitat was discussed with some of the children along with what the animals do during the day and night. The story that was read prior to going home was “All Year round”. This book looks at each month of the year in relation to the weather and what people get up to. We will continue discussion about the weather, seasons, alphabet and habitats next week.
Fiona, Karen, Fiona and Annette
3 Year Old Kangaroo Group Educators