Saturday, 5 April 2008

Alex discovers

Wow!! Alex you spent a long time at the table today, using the pens to write many different letters. It was great to see you making your own discoveries of letters and colours. With the special pens you could write over the top of the letters that made up your name. You could tell me that 'ALEX' is your name.

Wombat Stew again!

Yes, we have lots of storytellers here at Port Chalmers. The children have shown an amazing interest in the book 'Wombat Stew'. In our extended session the children decided they needed their own pots to fill with many different shape and sizes of bugs. It was fantastic to see how creative the children became, expressing their ideas and imagination through the arts. Jaimin here is holding up his creation of the big pot of 'wombat stew.'

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Sam the bug man

It is wonderful to know that we can count on Sam when it comes to feeding our new frogs. "Watch out buzzing flies, Sam will catch you and feed you to the frogs."
Our little tadpoles are not so little anymore, they are now green frogs that like to eat flies and thanks to Sam we don't have to worry about finding them food. When there are lots of bugs around the kindergarten, Sam will get his container, stand very still and then BANG! he's got them. Even when he is at home the flies are not safe. Sam will hunt them high and low, making sure that our frogs don't go hungry. Thanks Sam we know that if there are flies about, you are on the job!

Taylor makes muffins

At our Kindergarten we do lots of baking. Today we made carrot muffins, we decided to make them because they are a lot healthier than chocolate ones that we normally make. Through baking we learn that it is important to wash your hands before coming to the table to help. If we don't then we might get lots of other bugs on the food, which will make it unsafe to eat.
Taylor loves to bake, he is always there helping with his friends. We have to do lots of mixing, stirring and pouring to get the right kind of mixture. We learn what some of the names of the ingredients are and count lots of different times as we measure all the things that go into the bowl. If we are lucky the baking is usually cooked by lunch time, that is when we get to be the taste testers for the teachers. The muffins today were yummy!!!!

Max and wombat stew

What a wonderful day you had Max, re-telling the whole story of 'Wombat Stew' out in the playground today. You used the natural resources from your environment to fill up your pot, just like in the story. You are amazing at acting out the different elements on each page, dramatic play is one of your strengths and we enjoy watching you learn through this skill.It was great to see you connect our environment to the outback of Australia. We know this because you told us that wombats live there. You have been revisiting this story now for a few days, and have been including lots of your friends in your play.You are a great communicator Max!

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Here we go!!!

Welcome, it is great to have this opportunity to use a tool that will enhance our relationships with our families and the wider community. We look forward to your comments about your children's learning on our blog.