The first full week of kinder has gone smoothly and it’s good to see the children coming in with lots of confidence. We have has some lovely weather so we’ve taken advantage of the outdoors where the children have been building, cooking in the sandpit and experimenting with water play. Outdoor play is just as beneficial as indoor activities so we make a conscious effort in setting up stimulating areas of play under trees, under the veranda and obstacle courses which change throughout the year. On Friday lots of children decided to run large tyres down the hill to see which would go the fastest and the furthest, maths developing in its most simplest form can be learnt through many fun activities the children initiate themselves. We have given the children plenty of time and space to explore their new environment and get to know one-another.
The children created their own kinder rules. We wrote up a list of all the things we should remember so we can all play in harmony and be safe in everything we do. At group time we have spoken about our listening ears, good manners, sharing, feelings and how to be a good friend. The children have been shown the toileting procedure, rest time period and have been practising to pack away the items where they’ve been playing; transitions are running smoothly where often sing a jingle to make it more fun.
We have a permanent writing/drawing table, painting easel and block area (these are permanent areas of play) but will be modified in various ways throughout the year. It’s always astounding to see the difference in children’s work from the beginning to the end of the year. The journey will be captured through room display, individual diaries and lots of photos.
The program is based on the Early Years Learning framework which consists of five main areas which includes; identity, wellbeing, communication, learning and community. These outline set goals for educators to base their program on. It’s important to recognise that children ‘learn through play’ it’s not formal structured learning at desks like at school ‘we let children be children’ to explore and learn at their own pace with the help and support of educators.
This week we have pancake Tuesday and the Dinosaur Museum on Friday morning at 9.30 (please arrive on time)
Amy, Tracey, Fiona and Helen
Extended Hours Team