This week we continued with our insect theme. We read The Very Busy Spider and were all very impressed with the spider’s web – it looked pretty and the children could feel it raised from the book. The children then used sparkly wool to make their own spider webs on paper plates. Some of these will be pinned up in the room. The children also examined some of the new insect books Jess had brought in. As these books were library books, they also prompted a discussion on looking after books and turning the pages carefully. The children all seem to be fascinated with insects and learning more about them. We will look more at the lifecycle of different insects in the coming weeks, to examine changes and growth. This will also tie in with our discussions of the vegetables that we are growing in our kitchen garden.
Outside, the children have really begun to play in groups. This is fantastic as it allows for greater social interaction and also development of social skills, such as turn taking, sharing and conflict resolution. The activities that the children enjoy most have been building castles and cooking in the sandpit, pretending to be different animals and kicking and throwing balls. Building sandcastles and cooking in the sandpit require the children to engage in team work. This is a transferable skill and one which will be nurtured throughout their schooling lives. Pretending to be different animals also requires team work, along with following the rules of a group in order to further the imaginative play. Imaginative play is an excellent way for children to improve their social development in addition to their creativity. Finally, playing with the various balls required the children to share and take turns. These two aspects of social play are crucial to learn but are often most difficult. It is a focus of three year old kinder, and one which will come up many times throughout the year.
Jess, Karen and Fiona