On Monday we stayed outdoors for most of the session as the children wanted to continue to explore, climb, run, work on the vegetable garden and search for rocks/stones. There were several children who were very keen in working together to gather the rocks of varying colours and shapes that were all over the yard. They found them in the sandpit, in the tanbark and even in the many plants. The children who were involved communicated effectively and co-operated well. The rocks were placed in to a container where they were examined and suggestions made about what they could be used for. There were rocks that looked like eggs so some children pretended to eat them. Patterns were also made and some building also occurred with them. At pack away time the children were able to provide help by bringing equipment to the shed or finishing the puzzles. Indoors we continued to become more familiar with each other and then had afternoon tea together. More discussions were had about the rabbits, other animals that live on a farm and when the vegetables in our garden can be eaten. This group are certainly interested in our environment and being sustainable.
On Thursday the weather enabled us to stay outdoors for most of the session again. The vegetable garden was the main focus. There was much discussion about what has been planted, how long they will take to grow and what we can do to help to make them grow. We are waiting on cauliflower, broccoli, snow peas, carrots, chives and parsley. Once they have grown we are planning to pick them and YES eat them in our cooking. Once we went indoors the children discovered something standing next to the wall, Yes it was a scarecrow. “Why do we need that?”someone asked. James, Conor and Sydney were able to respond by informing us that the scarecrow goes in the garden to scare away the birds so they don’t eat the seeds or small vegetables. On Monday we will find out the name of the scarecrow as it was the children in four year old Group A decision as they worked together to make the scarecrow. Wonder what his name will be.....Bill, Fred, Bob, John............
Also on Thursday we celebrated Karen’s birthday. She wore the special birthday hat and we sang the Happy Birthday song and she blew out the four candles on the cake. Congratulations Karen.
Karen and Annette
Koala Group Educators