In our room, it is clear that there is strong appreciation for animals. The children have been very excited about having the chicks in the room still and were sad to say goodbye to them on Thursday. However, having the chicks in the room has been a fantastic learning experience for the children as they are able to see the chicks grow and begin to understand what goes into looking after the chicks. Additionally, it has taught them about being gentle with living creatures. On Thursday the children were very excited when I got one of the chicks out for them to each have a pat of. We talked about staying quiet because the chick might be a bit scared being away from his brothers and sisters. We also discussed only using two fingers because we needed to use gentle hands on the chicks. This love for animals has been reflected in the children’s imaginative play with many pretending to be animals while we are outside. In response to this, we will continue the animals theme for much of the term. Later in the term we will have a visit from the mobile farm which I know this group will particularly enjoy.
Unfortunately, earlier in the week our stick insect died. It had been unwell for a couple of weeks leading up to its death and it had also lived for approximately 2-3 years which is the life expectancy for stick insects. At mat time, we had a discussion about the stick insect had died and briefly outlined what that meant. Though most of the children seemed to not quite understand what this meant, a few appeared to be sad about this news. We do hope to get another tick insect in the future. We also have the silk worms hatching soon, so it was a timely lesson in that with death comes new life.
In outdoor play there continues to be a lot of cooking with mud pies and sand cakes being the most common. On Thursday some of the children were particularly interested in ants. We were fortunate enough to have some glorious sunshine and perhaps the ants were enjoying it too because we found them in lots of different places outside in large groups. Two children investigated a line of ants moving along the fence and noticed how they were all following each other. Another two children built an ant nest out of tanbark for the ants to live in. Finally another few went hunting for ants on the path around kinder. They were all very careful not to touch the ants so they could keep going about their work.
Inside we have begun working on our Father’s Day presents. The children are making their special surprise gifts and are very excited about the process. Each gift is unique to the child and involves some science and experimentation. There will be a reminder email going out to all of the parents very soon regarding this afternoon tea and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me and talk to me at class.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.