Today we had lots of fun exploring the natural environment.
On Thursday 10th of May we held our Mother’s Day afternoon tea. The children spent the week preparing for this special event by making gifts for their mothers as well as decorations to set up their rooms for the event. The Butterflies and Kinder rooms were buzzing with activities including a nail station where mothers and loved ones where treated to a special manicure from their children!
Today we celebrated World Health Day in the Beetle Bugs room. It was an opportunity to remind children of the importance of a healthy lifestyle; a day to recognise how to stay healthy and take care of ourselves.
The children all took turns in placing some healthy fruits into a blender, including rasberries and bananas.
The children at Kool Kidz Preston went on an adventure with the help of the Myuna Farm Animal Nursery. They had the opportunity to interact with friendly farm animals like: chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, turtle, farm dog, rooster, geese and lambs. The children were able to look at the animals from a distance and for the more confident ones feed and cuddle them. We also had some parents and grandparents come and join in the fun.
Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, held annually in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day on 21 March.
This week the children in Caterpillars room were able to get involved in a cooking activity making gnocchi for their lunch.
The children were able to be involved in the process from the start. They assisted the staff as they peeled the potatoes and got them ready to cook. Whilst the potatoes were cooking, the children talked with the educators about what else they needed to do to make the gnocchi.
Last week Kool Kidz Preston celebrated an afternoon with Dads and other important people.
Our Kool Kidz had an amazing afternoon spending time with their fathers and other special friends. Following an afternoon tea in the playground each age group participated in their own games and activities.
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