Another busy week - the last week for the Term - where has the time gone?
With the children interested in the happenings in the vegetable garden (we picked our snow peas this week and ate them for afternoon tea - delicious!) and the arrival of Spring growth in our playground - to illustrate how flowers drink water, we carried out a science experiment. We talked about what the word experiment means - the children were very interested and made many suggestions - "when you try something new!" " when you don't know what is going to happen!' " "when something happens!" "when it's a surprise!" We started by looking at a book about how plants grow, then our experiment consisted of 4 glass jars with water in each jar. Margot then added coloured dye to to 3 of these jars - red, yellow and blue, but we left the last jar with just plain water in it! Then we put a pure white Arum Lily flower into each of the 4 jars. We discussed what might happen when the flowers drank the water through their stems - then we watched and waited. By late afternoon some colour was starting to appear in the flowers, by the next morning we had a red flower, a yellow flower, and a blue flower, and one that hadn't changed colour at all - the children all knew why the last flower hadn't changed colour - because water is - "transparent", "nothing", "clear", "no colour at all" as the children described it. The children were very excited and it was a very successful experiment for us - a Science experience!
Another science experience - we have a Height Chart in our room and have measured the children at the end of each term - so we did it again this week for Term 3- the children have all grown and they were busy comparing how much they had grown over the year, and how they compared with each other. We will do the same at the end of the year.
Margot introduced the children to the first tiny Silkworms that have just hatched - we will follow their growth and life cycle over the next months.
Our interest in the world continues with beautiful posters of children from around the world in their National Dress on our wall, the addition of a little Totem Pole from Canada to our world table and we were lucky enough to look at a video taken of one of our family's trip to Africa, and some of the animals they saw there - fantastic!
On Friday - to celebrate the end of term - we held a Teddy Bears Picnic - the children brought their teddies or another soft toy if they preferred, and we sat in a circle on arrival, so the children could introduce their teddy bears to the other children. Then the children took the teddies to play- we had wonderful picnics on a fur rug, we had houses built for bears and a penguin in blocks, the bears went on our plane, and they helped us do puzzles. Before going home we had a Teddy Bear Picnic - the children had made Honey Joys (Bear Food) on Wednesday, and we also popped some corn and had a chocolate Caramello bear for one of the childrens Birthday. We sang the song - "The Teddy Bears Picnic". What a fun day!
Hope you all have a happy and safe holiday!
What will happen next term?
Group A Educators -
Margot, Ann and Lisa.