This has been yet another busy week for us in the Koala group!
We began the week with a new focus in our room. While we are still settling in to kinder, there is now a greater focus on developing our independence. This involves encouraging children to be responsible for retrieving and putting away their snack box, finding their own hat and telling Jess and Karen or Fiona when they need to use the toilet. To further extend this, we engaged in a cooking experience where we were able to assist in measuring ingredients and mixing them to make the pancake batter. Eating them was probably the best part though!
In response to the children’s keen interest in animals and the warm weather we are experiencing, this fortnight’s theme is summer, the beach and sea creatures. We have set up a sensory experience table in the room with sea creatures for the children to engage with. There are also more books and puzzles related to the sea left accessible for the children. Early in the week, we read a story about the beach and we had some music which reminded us of an island.
Within the room, Jess, Karen and Fiona noticed the development of both parallel play and cooperative play. Parallel play is typical of children of this age; when engaged in parallel play, the children will play side by side, exchange some toys and conversation but largely play alone. Cooperative play involves the children engaged in play together, creating alongside one another and converse to further the play. Cooperative play develops as the children mature and is facilitated by learning experiences which require discussion and interaction.
Next week, this topic will be extended as we engage with Clean Up Australia Day next Thursday.
Jess, Karen and Fiona.