I was very excited to see the children this week after missing them last Thursday. It was wonderful to hear all of their stories about activities during the holidays and the welcome back I received was very warm.
We began Show and Tell this week at kinder. A roster for this was sent out during the school holidays and will be sent out this week as well as a reminder. First I demonstrated to the children what a Show and Tell would look like. We have silk worms in our room at the moment. The children hypothesised about what would happen to the silk worms as they took a closer look at them. The transformation will be very exciting for the children. Then the first half of the group had a turn at Show and Tell. Each child had the choice to sit on the teacher chair or stand in front of it to share their Show and Tell. It was fantastic to see the range of items brought in to kinder; it was clear the thought that went into the share items. The children are then given the chance to elaborate on their item and are assisted with prompts from the educators if needed. The children then open up to questions from their peers and can choose two people. The questions asked by the children are often quite interesting and really demonstrate how well they listen to each other. There are numerous benefits to having Show and Tell as a part of the session; they practise talking in front of a group, listening to each other, answering questions from peers, following kinder expectations such as putting up their hand and listening quietly, and demonstrating respect for their peers.
This week we have made our Grandparents/Special People Day invitations. Each child should have taken theirs home. I understand that for many children their grandparents may not be nearby and thus unable to attend, this is why we also ask for special people to attend. This could be another relative or family friend perhaps. Please do let me know who will be attending as the children will be making a card and a small present for their guest.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.