Here it is, the final week of term one and what a term it has been! We are so pleased to see the way the children have grown over this term and look forward to the changes that lay ahead in term two.
With Easter coming up, we decided to create Easter cards for the children’s families. These cards worked on the children’s fine motor skills by encouraging the use of Easter egg halves and cotton wool balls dipped in paint and printed on paper. The children do prefer freedom in art activities and thus asking them to paint something in particular was more difficult. However, this desire for creative freedom is fantastic and one which will be nurtured at kinder this year. It was fantastic to see all of the children engaging in this activity, even those who do not generally paint during our sessions.
Whilst outside, the children have been often engaging in group work to build mountains and sandcastles in the sandpit. In response to this, we did a science experiment to make our own volcano. The ingredients used were bi-carb soda (baking soda) and white vinegar poured in one after the other. The result was, of course, a chemical reaction which saw a lava-like effect take place. The reactions from the children when the volcano “erupted” were fantastic; cries of “Woah!” and “Wow!” and comparing it to lava were heard. Though this is a simple science activity, the purpose of “experimenting” is to teach the children perseverance when something does not work. This is a lesson which will be explored via further science activities throughout the year.
As one child was leaving us for India at the end of term, we had a closer look at our world map. We pointed out where she was going to live and compared that to where we are right now. Though many of the children have been on planes, the concept of another country is difficult to comprehend. We talked about how a long plane flight would be involved and that a plane was the only way to get there. This topic will be revisited throughout the year and we hope to keep in touch with Aarna and her family in India.
Best wishes for a safe and happy Easter break and we look forward to seeing you all again in Term Two!
Jess and Fiona