Reflection week 8
Well it’s hard to believe that this first term is coming to an end! During this week we have been busy with many different experiences. The children in the Koala group have not only continued to enjoy painting at the easels with brushes, but have experienced their first finger painting at the table. This is a messy sensory play experience, and to begin with the children need to become familiar with the process as they have the opportunity to experience the feel of paint between their fingers. For some children this experience was a little overwhelming with just the thought of the paint between their fingers difficult to feel comfortable with, but after observing the children who approach this new safe experience with confidence, all children were eager to have a go and enjoyed being confident and involved learners.
Collage continues to be a busy experience with children using different coloured patty pans and feathers this week. Collage is a great open-ended experience, which helps children to make their own choices and to use their thinking skills, which in turn builds self-esteem.
During outdoor play we have had plenty of master chefs working really hard in the sandpits. We’ve been offered everything from cups of coffee to cakes and pizzas! The swings have been busy this week too, with children learning to take turns and waiting on the tyre for their turn. We have had Mosaics set up on one of the tables outside, and the children have really enjoyed copying the provided patterns and really using their thinking skills.
On Thursday at group time, we discussed what we need to do incase there is an emergency at Kinder. We discussed Karen and my whistle, and what we need to do if we were to blow it. We then had a practice outside talked about coming to your teachers if the whistle is blown. The children and Karen and myself then walked down to the back of the kinder yard to our emergency meeting place. The children did an amazing job and Karen and I were very proud of them all.
The children have continued to enjoy The Hungry caterpillar and We’re Going On A Bear Hunt during story time. I have also introduced a book called If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay, which explains what happens to a seed once you plant it and how you care for it. Which will help give the children an understanding when we do our planting next term.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
Fiona and Karen