This week began with such an exciting day on Monday. We had our very first incursion, with David the Music Man coming to visit. David brings in instruments from all over the world, many of which the children will not have heard of before, and demonstrates how they are played for the children. He also sings some songs which the children know and teaches them a couple of new ones. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout the session which went for an hour. This is testament to David’s ability to engage the children. All of the children commented on just how funny David was. Karen and I saw all of the children laughing at David and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. This was particularly impressive considering not all of the children engage in music during our kinder sessions. They clearly loved it!
This week we have been working on numeracy within the room. This includes spontaneous learning where the educators will count or ask the children to count, or when we use positional language such as in front of and behind. We also have a couple of games which encourage the children to recognise numbers and count. Though not formal testing, we are making a note of where each child is at to ensure we are able to extend their learning. The educators ensure that we use as much numeracy-related language as possible within the room. This somewhat incidental learning helps to consolidate the children’s knowledge and works better at their age than formalised learning.
Finally, we have had many turn taking games set up within the room. The most popular of these games has been Connect 4. Rather than trying to make a row of four discs as is usually done in Connect 4, the children practise with one other person taking turns; i.e. one child has a turn, then the next child has a turn. This process really tests their patience and some children cope better than others. However, we have seen an improvement in their turn taking abilities once putting out these games.
Jess, Karen and Fiona