Friday, October 2, 2009

The Bead Gallery Visit - September 10th, 2009

Off we went, 10 afternoon children and 4 adults out to Richmond Mall's Bead Gallery shop. Children's interest and fascination with beads has continued from August and so, these children, who have all engaged in the bead making process at Kindergarten, visited the shop where the initial interest started.
We learnt:
  • nearly all of the beads come from India
  • all the children could thread their own beads with the right threading twine
  • that there are many colours, shapes and patterns on the beads

After the holidays, some old and new recipes for bead making will continue.....but as we are interested in visual arts and further provoking children's thinking....will all the beads end up as a bracelet?!

Harold the Giraffe

Every year, Broadgreen Intermediate kindly extend an invitation to Nayland Kindergarten morning children and teachers to visit the Harold Room.
Harold's helper - Jenny, introduces Harold.
1. Jenny asks the children what Harold will need for a weekend visit.
2. What does our body need? Children put matching pictures onto the poster of the body. What makes Harold happy or sad and what makes us feel that way.
3. Next, food that is good and not so good is selected and placed on the wall.
4. Surprise - children lie down and sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and fairy lights light up on the ceiling - just wonderful!
5. Harold sings a song to the children about getting fit and staying healthy.
We all leave the trailer...until next year.

Nayland Primary Room 12 visit

On an overcast day, we walked down the road to Nayland Primary School. It was our turn to visit Mrs Jimmink and Room 12 at school. However, we were in for a treat - we visited the library first and then when we went to Room 12 to eat our lunch.
In the library, Mrs Jimmink explained the rules of being inside the library. Then a story was read by Mrs Jimmink and then all the children had an opportunity to choose books and 'browse'. Mrs Jimmink explained that browsing was when children carefully turned the pages and looked at the pictures and words in the book to see if the book would be of interest.
We do plan to keep these reciprocal visits happening - especially after farewelling so many children at the end of the term...

Bird Feeders

Sustainability - how to keep feeding the sparrows other than the plastic bird feeder? Make a different bird feeder of course.
On a cold day, a Mum at Kindergarten, who was looking for a job!?, agreed to whizz up the peanuts into peanut butter.
The afternoon children then poked, smeared and covered pinecones with the peanut butter. We then covered the peanut butter with seed and they hung from the trees. Yes - they do work as you can see!
We will continue to explore sustainability ideas and projects from children, families and teachers interests'.