This week, the kinder children were busy setting up the new fish tank for our new fish friends in the kinder room!
During the setup, the children developed a range of maths and science skills as they were encouraged to place the yellow and blue small rocks into the fish tank and numerous buckets of water and were asked “How many buckets of water they thought we would need to fill up the tank?” They were excited to hear the sounds the small rocks made when it touched the bottom of the tank without water. We then decided to challenge the children and apply their thinking strategies by asking them to put more rocks in the tank whilst it had water. The children then had to investigate why the rocks made no sound when water was added to the tank. The children engaged in conversations amongst each other, their educators and our special visitor, Julian who kindly donated the fishes. This was a great opportunity to further develop the children’s vocabulary and cognitive skills through identification and discuss comparisons amongst the assorted fishes in the tank.
Having a fish tank in our kinder room will not only provide the children a great introduction on responsibility and ownership of a pet but is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about nature, science and living things. We hope to encourage and to teach the children to develop bonds with animals to help children build empathy. Sharing information and teaching our children to care for a small pet can also provide them with the opportunity to learn more about animals and to observe and interact. We also hope to see that the fish tank brings a tranquil and calming experience for the children in our room and provide a real-life example to learn about underwater ecosystems. The children are very excited to name our fish friends in the coming weeks!
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
KBC: The World & The Environment, My Five Senses