This morning outside, Emilio, Kalani and mason were playing on the obstacle course. The children had to begin at the stepping blocks, then jump to the hop scotch area. This allowed the children to use their gross motor skills and coordination to be able to jump from one block to another. The children use their numeracy skills to ensure that they are jump in the correct order from 1 to 8. Weston enjoyed the bikes this morning. Using his leg muscles, he was pushing himself the yard. Luckily for us, we have a big play area for him to drive around. Emilio and Adrian were making pizza in the sandpit. Covering the frying pan in sand, the children filled it up with their toppings. Adrian said that they were making a ham and cheese pizza and Emilio said it was chocolate. MIss Jade asked if it was a ham, cheese and chocolate pizza and they replied, “Yes!”
Miss Jeni had set up a fireplace video inside for us to pretend to keep us warm. Building on the fire idea, Leo, Mason, Hermeros, Jett, Kento, Ryder and Kai decided to build a fire place. The children thought of the idea to use bark as the base of the fire place. The children collected as much bark as they could to add to their pit. They also thought of the idea to collect leaves as well. The children began picking leaves from the plants, but Miss Jade said that these leaves won’t work. The reason being was that they have water inside of the leaves which has helped them grow. Mason asked if adding water will help put a fire on, but Leo said that it will only get rid of it.
At group time, we completed our Acknowledgement to Country. Then, Miss Jade completed the roll. Once the roll was finished, the children helped count how many friends were here today.
Irina then chose the ‘Days of the Week’ song and we completed the calendar. Leo did the weather saying that it was “Windy, cloudy and sunny.” Jett then asked for a yoga video. So, he chose an underwater theme yoga video. Getting into position, the children spread out on the carpet and as they always do, begin with “Namaste.” The children did yoga moves which allowed them to pretend that they were stingrays and seahorses. All of the children joined in and had a go at doing the yoga moves. This was a great way to begin our day.
Miss Jade then spoke about campfires and asked what was required for them. The children said that they need logs, sticks or wood to make fire. Miss Jade said that there was also another thing that was black and hard. Edie replied, “Coal!” These were a few things which were used to start fires. Miss Jade then asked the children how people will begin the fires. Leo said, “Rocks,” and Edie said “Rubbing sticks together.” Miss Jade asked the children if they have to rub the sticks fast or slow. “Fast” the children replied. Miss Jade told them that rubbing the sticks together makes ‘Friction.’ Friction was when two things rubbed together heats up. The children did an experiment where they rubbed their hands together. The faster and longer they rubbed it, the hotter it became. This was the same for starting fires with sticks. The children also discussed how some friends have fire pits at their homes, while others may have fire places. We also spoke about most fires will be made in Autumn and especially Winter because it keeps people warm. Miss Jade asked the children what they think people did before heaters. “Use fires” Mason replied!
At activity time, Noah and Jett were building with the marble run. Today, they were trying to build a very tall track. Noah was in charge of the building while Jett was responsible for keeping it stable. It was great teamwork as Jett pointing out where Noah should place the pieces.
Weston, Kai, Kalani and Kento were building with the Brio. Kai had built an airplane and Weston built a jet plane. They both were soaring their planes into the skies. Kento and Kalani were just placing bits and pieces together just to see what they would end up making.
Irina had an interest in magic wands. She assisted Miss Jade in choosing the materials that were needed to make this. Irina specifically wanted a flower wand, so today, the children had two flowers to colour in. Miss Jade reminded the children to ensure that they colour in between the black lines. Once the children finished colouring in, they had to use scissors to cut around the outline of the flower. This was tricky for some children, but Miss Jade assisted in scissor holding and making sure they use both their hands. Once cut, the children glued down a popsicle stick and some string. They then had to glue the last flower on the top of it. If the children wanted, they were able to add sequins to the wand. This activity allowed the children to practice their pencil grips, colouring in between the lines, fine motor skills and scissor use. Irina, Ceylon, Mia, Sarah, Irina, Maya, Emilio, Edie and Lilo loved decorating their own wand.
Ryder and Jett enjoyed looking at the resin insects. They asked Miss Jade about one and Miss Jade said that this was a frog lifecycle. The frog began as a an egg and slowly turned into a tadpole and finally to a frog. Adrian, Leo, Mason and Hermeros were building with the Lego. The boys were all building transportations such as trucks, cranes, bulldozers and tanks.
Mr Tim came for our weekly Arakan lesson. The children began with exercises which were star jumps, hip turning and toe touching. The children then stood in a line to practice their stance and walking as a group. After that, the children had to listen to Mr Tim’s instructions in whether they were doing head covers or straight-palms. To conclude, they played ‘Hide the pads.’
The children lined up at the side door in a line. Miss Jade and the children would then individually count each child as they exited the room to retrieve their hats for outdoor activities.
For table activities, the children enjoyed name-writing, Brio, 2D magnetic shapes, cutting, drawing and home-corner.
The children chose the phonics song to engage in and we then discussed the letter of the week which was the letter S. We spoke about the sound it made and what the capital and lower-case S looks like. Then, Miss Jade read a story about a word that began with the letter S. The children then concluded with letter S games. Well done Kindergarten 1 for coming up with over 100 words this week!
Miss Jade spoke about ‘The Star of the Day’ and what it was. This was for someone who has made positive choices in kindergarten today. Today, it went to Weston.
Please bring in your family photos for our ‘Family Tree.’ Please bring in spare clothes for children as the children often engage in water play. Please ensure all toys stay at home as the children will lose or break them. Next week, Show and Tell begins, please ensure your child brings their item on the correct day.
Miss Jade and Miss Mel