Full throttle 4 year old kindergarten is well and truly underway! A recurring interest of the possums seems to be trams and trains. We have explored this through stories, pictures and stories! We made a list together of all “things that go” and discussed the difference between “things that go” on land, in the water and in the air. The children have been creating their own representations of “things that go” - we all enjoy celebrating their efforts. Some parents may not have the opportunity to volunteer for fruit duty and spend the day with us, and the mystery of a kindergarten session is surely too much to bear! Below is a little insight into what we do.
What on earth do we do all day?
Our day is full of many things! There is plenty happenings and goings-on and we love to capture the learning of the children, the blooming friendships, the learning and skills being developed. The luxury of our big outdoor space has allowed the children to join the group and program at their own pace. For many children this means a chance to climb and play on their favourite piece of equipment, to come into the yard and out of their shell by greeting their best friend or to simply take a moment on their own in the sandpit, on the swing or with a treasured kinder toy. This process allows for a more smooth separation from Mum/Dad into kindergarten.
The morning tea table is set up by a parent and the children are able to come and enjoy the shared fruit at their own pace and with a small group of peers. As we move inside we will take some time to sit down together and practice those all important skills of sitting together quietly in a group, listening and concentrating, and following simple directions. The children are all still learning to put a hand up to talk, to wait for their turn and to respect the space of those around them. (These are things which we work on all year long!)
From then on the children will explore the set up activities and the more permanent areas of the room- blocks, painting, art & craft, drawing and reading (library corner). Following this a short group time to end the session will involve revisiting the key learning of the day, celebrating the hard work of one or more children or a story, a song. (At the moment we are practising “Little Peter Rabbit”, and “Row, row, row, your boat”)
During the longer day (Wednesday) and extended hours the children will enjoy lunchtime all together. Another play outside to burn more energy, followed by the all important rest time. We aim for rest time to be a pleasant experience which allows each child some solo time to themselves. The longer days allow for children to revisit experiences, work on and extend their own skills and more often than not - stretch and develop their social butterfly wings! All aspects of kindergarten are geared towards the children enjoying themselves, while learning. Often referred to as “Learning through play”. What on earth do you do all day?