On Monday the children were rather involved in promoting their gross motor skills by crawling through the tunnel, climbing up and down ladders, running, throwing/kicking balls and using hulla hoops. There was lots of hip and body shaking going on to keep the hoop from dropping to the ground. There was certainly lots of fun and laughter. Some children also looked at some dogs that a lady, from the dog walking company “Woof”, was taking for a walk in the park.
Indoors we discussed the different types of maps and what they can be used for. There are many types of maps such as “treasure maps,” maps of countries and maps to find how to get to a friend’s house for the first time. This particular type of map is called a “street directory” which the children were shown. They were rather interested in looking at the page that the directory opened up at. Some of the children were able to recognise parks and roads. One of children told everyone that their mum used a “Tom-tom to get to new places” What do you use when going to a new place?????????
Even though Thursday was generally overcast and a little cool the children were involved with being on the swing, running, climbing up ladders and some even moved equipment to their desired spot so they could jump on it. The large river rocks and grasses were a great place to walk and explore with a friend. Many of the children practiced their balancing and co-ordination when using the long pole which was on the verandah at the time. There was also turn taking and encouragement of each other happening during this experience.
Indoors the silkworms were observed and the children were able to inform us that they eat lots and lots to get fat and then they make a cocoon. “When they come out of the cocoon they are butterflies.” I explained that they will be a white moth that flaps its wings very fast but does not fly away. Once it lays lots of tiny eggs it then dies. We all then looked at the size of the eggs and spoke about how they were different from chicken eggs. Don’t forget GRANDPARENTS AND/OR SPECIAL FRIENDS on MONDAY afternoon.
From 3 Year Old Koala Group Educators; Karen and Annette