This week the Kindergarten children engaged in many different experiences. We started the week by talking about feelings and then followed up by reading related books and continued our discussions about the importance of considering each other’s feelings.
We also engaged in a weaving experience and from these experiences children develop their fine motor skills, eye hand coordination and this also helps increase focus and attention span, promotes left right coordination, reinforces following directions as well as offering relaxation.
The children have been practising to write their names, reading two letter words and we have been using the phonics flipper 1 to help children with their letter recognition, complete sight words and learn to read short words.
We also had time to revisit shapes and then the children were asked to draw and cut their own shapes which helps develop their cutting skills. We introduced the use of rulers and the children really enjoyed drawing lines and shapes and then taking measurements. We had a good week!
This week we talked about different cities in Australia after one of the children shared their experience of flying to a different state on holidays. Other children joined in to the conversation and shared their experiences of travelling on aeroplanes to different places. When we participate in discussions together we broaden our understanding of the world in which we live, showing interest in others and being part of a group. Extending on from this discussion we used the ‘Map of Australia’ to locate different states and we made paper aeroplanes that children designed beautifully. The educators contributed to the discussion by sharing where their home countries were and how they travel to those destinations.
Children were interested in making play dough and they asked for a variety of colours so we ended up making 4 small batches of different coloured play dough. Giving children choices builds their confidence and self-esteem and shows them that their opinions matter and are valued.
Following on from the children’s interest in camping, the group collaboratively worked together to make a camp fire. We extended the role pay by cooking marshmallows on the fire and reading story books in our warm pyjamas.
As part of our intentional teaching this week we talked about composting. We watched a video on what to add into the compost and the worm farm. Children were excited to create our indoor worm farm and they helped to cut up the scraps from the kitchen and feed the worms. This experience was a great way of teaching children about recycling and sustaining the environment.
Children were supported with their letter recognition and learning to write their names. They are showing that they are curious and active participants in their learning. Children are beginning to understand letter-sound relationships and concepts of print.
Have a lovely week
The Kinder Team
This week we revisited the solar system and children were challenged when they were asked to name different types of planets. The children were active participants in their learning and it was quite impressive that they remembered most of the planets. We also revisited the days of the week, the months of the year and learning to tell the time. We are continuing discussions on personal hygiene and we talked about respecting others by listening when other people were talking. The children engaged in letter and number recognition experiences and participated in a cutting experience where they used different textured materials. Read more »
Dear Kinder families,
We have had a busy and exciting week, engaging in intentional teaching experiences to help children with their letter recognition. Children are developing confidence, commitment, enthusiasm and persistence in these learning areas.
We worked on helping the children to practice writing their names and have introduced reading small words on the whiteboard, including the numbers. Following on from last week we are practicing to tell time as this is an ongoing interest for the children. We are continuing to learn the days of the week and months of the year as the children are becoming more familiar with the songs.
We also discussed safety around pools and read related books as children have been talking to their friends about going to swimming lessons.
We learnt to count in Spanish and it is exciting to hear children count confidently alongside each other.
Children enjoyed a science experiment where we dissolved bath fizzers, adding shaving cream and a variety of food colouring. This produced a dark coloured paint that we in turn used for blow painting. A group experience like this enables the children to express opinions and participate in reciprocal relationships, whilst they explore new ideas. We also enjoyed manipulating clay to mould different objects. The children used problem solving strategies, experiencing satisfaction and achievement as they investigated and explored this medium.
Lastly we revisited proper hand washing by sharing what we already knew and watched a video about the hand washing procedure. We also talked about the importance of resting our bodies for our sense of well being.
This week the children enjoyed constructing a zoo with farm animals. They displayed their creative thinking by using different resources available to them and also provided food for the animals. A lot of conversations could be heard amongst the children sharing their past experiences at the zoo and identifying the animals they remembered seeing. Read more »
For the past two weeks we have been learning about keeping ourselves healthy. Our primary focus has been on personal hygiene including: remembering to flush the toilet after use, proper wiping, hand washing, covering our mouths when coughing and oral hygiene.
Children have shown an ongoing interest in writing letters to their loved ones. We have supported children in this learning to help them develop their pre-literacy skills, letter recognition, reading short words and learning about other forms of communication. We have extended the interest of letter recognition with the use of flash cards and magnetic letters. We have also supported children to write their names thus developing their writing skills.
Responding to children`s interest in doctors and nurses a doctor’s corner was set up in the Kinder room. Children have been provided with pencils and paper and other hospital equipment for them to explore further. It has been interesting to observe children implementing their prior knowledge and experience and transferring this knowledge from one context to another.
Different cutting experiences were set up to help children further develop their cutting skills and this learning was extended by engaging in collage experiences and telling a story about their collage pieces. We will continue to help children with their cutting skills by providing different textured material.
We have been learning the days of the week and practicing this through a song. Children are becoming familiar with the song and slowly remembering the days of the week. We are also slowly learning the months of the year as well.
Regards from the Kinder Team
Many children have displayed an ongoing interest in promoting their physical well-being. We planned to engage in running races and they also liked climbing up the spider web and observing who was climbing up higher than everybody else.
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The children showered great interest in recycling and sustainability this week so we collected cupboard boxes from the kitchen to construct our own guitars as musical instruments. The kinder children showed that were very handy with the scissors and glue in putting together their guitars and they were delighted and enthusiastic in playing them while listening and dancing to their favourite songs.
Solaf was also very happy and clever to invent her own microphone using magnetic toys. The kinder children were excited about playing different cultural music and this week we chose Arabic songs. The kinder’s next project will be planning to have a stage in the room for children express their talents and build confidence through singing and storytelling.
The Kinder also focussed on letter recognition this week. A fishing experience was set up in the room and the children were happily engaged in this experience for the whole week. They requested the activity every day and it was wonderful seeing all the learning that occurred during the activity.
The children were very excited when they were able to identify some of the letters Judy and Lorenso will continue to help children in this learning interest while making learning fun for children.