We have continued to explore the concepts of “things that go” and modes of transport. Nicholas and Nikitas have been collecting tram schedules when they ride and we have enjoyed learning about trams and how they work from Nicholas. (He is our tram expert). In preparation for our visit from the pet educator, we have been exploring the role of a vet, and discussing pets. The children have been invited to bring in their own (stuffed toy) pet to work on in our “vet’s office”. The dramatic and social play that been coming from this interest has been fantastic. Many children show existing knowledge in visiting a veterinarian and how to care for animals. We have all talked about our own pets and made a graph of the different types of pets, how many, who owns the pet and the pets name. (It’s not for me to say whether or not the pets are “imaginary” or real, but some of the pet’s names certainly are creative)
Our regular dance lessons kicked off last week and it was great to see some enthusiasm and warmth towards Karen as she arrived on Thursday. The dance class begins with Karen instructing the children to stretch and warm up to prepare their bodies. Karen provides the children with opportunities to move on their own, in a small group and with the larger group. Many children were somewhat apprehensive about dancing in front of their friends, however I’m sure they will come out of their shells in no time at all! Everyone tried their best to follow Karen’s directions and were careful to listen to and watch Karen and how she was moving around so they could get it right. Karen’s props set up in the room ensures the children needed to think about where and how they move their bodies. Karen’s dance class allows for self expression and creativity in movement while also engaging in increasingly complex movement patterns. Children are encouraged to follow directions while developing their gross motor skills and spatial awareness.