Talia from the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative came to speak to the children about Aboriginal culture. They learnt about a lot of things including what the colours on the Aboriginal flag mean, bush tucker, using animal fur to make clothes, making and trying out body paints and some traditional Aboriginal dancing. During Reconciliation week making damper and Aboriginal themed craft were strong favourites.
A little light rain doesn't stop Woodlands Kindergarten children from exploring the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve in their warm waterproof suits. Muddy puddle jumping, cubby house discovery and bush walks were on the agenda between story telling under the shelter.
Life-size self portraits help the children to explore their sense of identity while enjoying a creative activity.
A regular group activity at the kindergarten is making playdough. It gives the children an opportunity to learn about cooking processes while also enjoying the outcome of playing with fresh home-made playdough which helps develop fine motor skills and strength.
Through the musical program children gain an understanding of rhythm, beat, melody and song. They really enjoy themselves while improving coordination and gaining confidence to perform.
To mark Mothers' Day children invited mum or some one special to the kindergarten for morning tea. The children sang a song to their special guest and presented them with a gift they had made. This was followed by a morning tea including the sausage rolls made by the children. The children really enjoyed showing and sharing their kindergarten with their guest.
Sausage roll making was on the agenda as children prepared for a Special Ladies Day morning tea. There was lots of discussions and questions about the process as well as new skills learnt (e.g. measuring, grating, cutting and mixing). Listening, smell, touch, sight and taste were used as well as learning to follow instructions.
Curiosity and Imagination were extended during a play with magnifying glasses. The children were encouraged to use reflective thinking while exploring their environment with questions like "Why are there spots on a leaf?" and "Where are the ants going and what do you think they are doing?".
The children learn how to care and interact with Ginger and Sparkle - the kindergarten chickens. They were taught how to hold them, take turns collecting eggs and letting them out of the chicken coupe each day. The children were also given an opportunity to try some boiled eggs produced by Ginger and Sparkle.
An excursion to the Marine Discovery Centre in Queenscliffe was fun for everyone! The children were able to put their hands in the 'touch tank', see puffer fish getting fed, learn about the different sounds whales and dolphins make as well as see an array of sea life. Even the bus trip there and back was super exciting for the children!
The children enjoyed their drama classes with an 'Under the Sea' theme, exploring identity through role play. They pretended to be seaweed, octopus, divers, fish and sharks while learning about ocean life and sustainability for the marine animals.
Children practiced using language, sharing ideas and identifying with different characters feelings and emotions while they performed their adorable puppet shows with their own stories.
The children learn about sustainability by collecting fruit scraps to feed the kindergarten worm farm and chickens. Along with 'fun worm facts' they learn of the benefits of composting and how good the worm castings are in the gardens. The sustainability learnings also include water tank usage, recycling and re-using as well as encouraging 'nude food' kinder snacks.