Happy “Terrific Thursday” Senior Kindy Families,
We hope you all have had a Terrific Thursday. We commence our day by awaiting for all of our peers to arrive during outdoor morning playtime. Once the arrival of all our of peers had arrived, we transitioned indoors for our daily morning circle time. Throughout this session we said our good mornings and welcomes to all educators that arrived for today’s lesson. Today we welcomed Lachlan, Archie, Zahra, Luca, Parker, Nayla, Hudson, Banjo, Hunter, Dominic and we later said hello to our new toddler friends: Alia, Isabelle, Tua, Nikora and Lincoln. Today we welcomed Miss Beck, Miss Aaliyah and Miss Gin. Throughout group-time, the children sat with Miss Jade and Miss Aaliyah to sing a variety of songs from our children’s choice. These include: “Hammer, Hammer, Hammer” and “If you’re happy and you know it”. Soon after, we made our way to the tables for morning tea.
Just after we completed morning tea, we transitioned to our table-top experiences. Considering, we are currently studying the Ocean and marine animals, today we created a gigantic foamy ocean sensory activity. The concept of this experience is for our children to utilise a giant tub filled with ocean blue foam and sea animals. This activity allowed our students to play with sea animals whilst enjoying sensory based play and socialising amongst peers. Throughout this experience educators would ask our children questions to further extend their curiosity on what they are learning. We’d ask open-ended questions like “What does the blue foam feel like?” “Does the water feel really cold?” “Where do you think the sea animals live?”. Parker and Dominic would respond with “The starfishes live in the water and sand”. Hudson would reply with “the blue foam feels really really sticky and cold”. Asking open-ended questions to our children not only encourages our children to discuss what they are learning but extend on their language skills; this is critical in a child’s development.
Whilst this experience was occurring, we had our children complete another sensory based experience that involved blue rice filled with sea shells. This activity allowed our children to further extend on their fine motor skills by using the muscles in their fingers and hands to scoop, touch and feel the rice. During our morning time session, just before lunch our children engaged in a variety of spontaneous choices of play. These include: Puzzle fun, hair dressers, race car tracks and animal play. Overall, we hope you all have had a very wonderful Thursday and we look forward to seeing you next time.
Thank you 🙂
Miss Beck, Miss Aaliyah and Miss Gin xx