What a fun month we’ve had in the Bush Babies room. We’ve been exploring our natural environment as the season has turned into Autumn. We have been incorporating leaves and gum nuts into our craft experiences and using all the autumn colours that we can see when we go exploring in the field. We created leaf silhouette paintings using the leaves we collected as well as red, orange, yellow and green coloured paints. They turned out amazing.
We have had lots of visits from the noisy cockatoos and the singing kookaburras. We used paint and feathers on brown paper bags to create beautiful bird crafts. We read some books about noisy birds and enjoyed singing “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree”. Some afternoon we feed the friendly rainbow lorikeets our leftover afternoon tea. They come so close that we can almost touch them.
We have been very lucky to have Henny Penny Chickens here visiting our Kindy. They have been staying on the preschool side but we have been bringing the hatched baby chicks over for a visit. The children have really enjoyed the experience of getting to see and touch the baby chicks. We have been showing the children how to touch them with gentle hands and some children have even been brave enough to hold one in their hands. This was a really great positive experience for the children to be exposed to baby animals and beginning to learn about the connection we have to them.
We have really enjoyed celebrating Easter this past week. We have been doing Easter craft and sharing Easter songs and stories. A highlight of the week was having our Easter hat parade. It was so nice to see so many parents come to watch the children with their fancy hats. Thank you for coming a celebrating with us.
We’ve had a great month in the Babies room. Looking forward to more adventures to come.
January 22 – January 26, 2018
We’ve had a fun week in the Bush Babies room this week. The children have had a great time exploring our outdoor environment. Some of our babies have come back from the holidays walking so it has been fun watching their growing independence as they cruise around the playground. The bikes have been popular with the older babies. Using their developing leg muscles they raced around the decking laughing and squealing as they go. We had an adventure onto the field this week. The children had lots of fun kicking and chasing the balls. We watered the herbs and plants with our little watering cans and collected some of the seed pods that had fallen from the tree.
We continued on with the children’s interest in sensory play this week by introducing a large frozen ice block which had textured collage materials frozen inside. As the ice melted the children could touch the material. The combination of cold ice and warm weather was a great sensory experience for the children to explore.
We celebrated Australia Day on Thursday with some thong throwing games. We also had a big beach ball that we kicked and threw around the playground. The children really enjoyed the big ball. It was a good opportunity to help the children further develop their pro social skills such as turn taking and sharing.
Thanks for another amazing week in the bush Babies room. Looking forward to more adventures next week.
January 8 – January 12, 2018
Welcome back to all our families and a special welcome to all the new families that we have met this week. The Bush Babies have had an amazing week getting back into the swing of things. We have some new educators in our room this year with Miss Jacqui and Miss Wendy. We are very lucky to have Miss Kelly, Miss Maddie, Miss Tash, Miss Julie V, Miss Charlie, Miss Julie M and Miss Ash as our Trainee. All educator that were in the Bush Babies room last year still with us.
This week has been spent settling in our new families and getting to know our new children. We have explored our indoor and outdoor environments and started to get some beautiful craft up and around our room. The sandpit and bikes have been particularly popular. We have created craft works this week that follow on from the sensory experience the children are exploring in the sandpit.
It has been a really great start to the new year with all the children coming back happy and excited. We are looking forward to more fun and adventure next week.