Tuesday, March 17, 2009

FISH! Philosophy

We have returned to our focus on FISH! philosophy. So what do we mean and why are we so passionate about FISH!

Children embrace this philosophy and here is how they interpreted the four practices above:

Join us and post your feelings about the FISH! philosophy. Tell us about FISH! moments for you and your child, given and received. Let's nurture our Nayland Kindergarten community which in turn nurtures our global community.


Following the large interest in making necklaces last term, I thought it would be exciting to explore making our own beads, more exciting would be to use recycled materials following our sustainability focus. After researching the internet a number of the children decided we should make newspaper beads. Here's how we did it.
First rip up lots of newspaper into small pieces, cover with boiling water and leave to pulp. After this has cooled and processed, squeeze all the excess water out of the pulp.
Then PVA glue is added and kneaded in until you get a mixture that holds together. Then roll the beads or do what we tried and make flat pieces for pendants. A successful experiment! Leave to dry and harden. You can poke holes in them at this stage before drying for threading. We chose to drill holes into the hardened beads, Thanks Emily for helping the children here.
Then the creativity takes over - the painting. We discovered gold paint to add detail. Then the last step is to thread and create. I really liked this process and can see it being a faster and more tactile way of creating scenes such as landscapes and models opposed to the more traditional methods of papier mache. Here is one beautiful piece of newspaper bead jewellery.
Watch this space.....

Food Glorious Food!

This term children have been busy preparing food to share at lunchtime including making Sushi. I was amazed at the number of children who love salmon, avocado and salad. What an exciting experience to watch these experienced sushi makers. We even got to use Manuka smoked salmon fillets, and here I thought we would use tinned! Very sophisticated pallets.

The next week we used lettuce and rocket greens out of our own garden with lettuce and tomatoes from a child's garden to make a tasty tossed salad. We also made a fruit salad to ensure we did not waste fruit brought in from home. Both salads were prepared by the children and all enjoyed extra helpings!

Also prepared and tasting delicious this term has been Spaghetti Bolognaise, Blueberry and Apple Crumble, Pizza and Scones with homemade Batt current (aka blackcurrent) jam.

We welcome any favourite recipes from home to continue this learning of how we prepare food to eat, broadening the taste experiences for children, and making those all important links between home and kindergarten. Why not come and help prepare your recipe with the children. You are always welcome.