Kool Kidz Mill Park Kindergartners Working on a Pom Pom Rug!

Kool Kidz Mill Park Kindergartners Working on a Pom Pom Rug!

 

Recently some of our kindergarten children commenced our ‘Pom Pom Rug’.

Threading is a great fun fine motor activity for preschoolers as it encourages good hand-eye co-ordination and control of the muscles of the hand and fingers. The kinder children enjoyed this experience as it allowed them to become creative thinkers, participate in problem solving, persevere on their task and a good understanding of their spatial awareness. This also encouraged the children to think and further develop their maths skills by asking them “How many Pom Pom’s do you think we need to go around the mat”, and “How can we create a colour pattern?”

Threading the wool and needle and then onto the mat was challenging for some, however this task involves bilateral coordination of the children’s hands, and requires their eyes and hands to work together which allowed the children to be involved in challenging,  yet fun experience. The children demonstrated persistence and applied her thinking strategies when wrapping the wool around the template continuously with little assistance and remained focused. They understood the concept of colours when choosing their preferred wool without reassurance from an educator.  The children interacted well using both verbal and non-verbal language effectively with the educator and their peers and were able to communicate clearly of her needs and shared their accomplishments.

The children are very excited to see the weekly progress on this ongoing project as they will continue to have the opportunity to participate and see the final outcome!

We are hoping the end product will bring a beautiful colourful mat where the children are able to enjoy quiet time independently or in small groups, or simply relax whilst reading a book.

Learning Outcomes:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

 

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

3.1Children become strong in their social and emotional well-being

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learner

4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

 

KBC: Built It, My Five Sense, Letters & Words, Numbers

 

 

 



Fun Composting in Our Kinder Room

Fun Composting in Our Kinder Room

As recycling is important at our service and in our community, so is composting which is why the kinder children participated in a hands on learning experience about composting. The children decided we use the left over banana peels and place them in our compost kit in our kinder room. The children engage well together as they first tore the banana peels apart and then placed the peels and soil in the compost kit. They enjoyed using their hands pushing and squishing the peels in the soil, whilst some children were curious and picked up the magnify glass to have a closer look. This experience focused on sustainability practices and raised awareness on how food does not get broken down in garbage bins as there is not enough oxygen in landfills. With the children getting involved in the composting process they not only learnt how to protect and care for the environment but also learnt that by composting we create quality fertilizer for our gardens.

This experience supported the children to be active learners as they participated and showed appreciation and care for our planet’s environment.

The children are excited to see the coming week’s progress, as they will watch it decompose slowly and then place the fertilizer in our outdoor garden beds.

Learning Outcomes:

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

4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

KBC: The World & The Environment, My Five Sense