The children did Puffer Fish painting/college to great effect this week. To do the painting they dipped a prickle ball into white paint. When the paint was dry they added the bits and did some drawing. We are focusing on ‘layering’ our art work at the moment. This requires patience as we visit the art several times over a week or two.
Our games this week focused on Numeracy.
In the first game the children had to add pegs to the number board after rolling the dice. The skills involved were subitizing the dots on the dice to get the number and one-to-one counting to put the correct number of beads in the board. Conversations about big numbers and little numbers were had. The children were also working our how ‘many more’ they needed to win.
The second game involved looking at the numeral cards and getting the correct amount of unifix blocks. Skills involved were recognising numerals and one-to-one counting. If the children followed the instructions they ended up with a stair pattern like Bella.
We have been putting story cards in order to tell what happened this week. We started off with 3-card sequences and some children even managed a four card sequence for getting cereal for breakfast. When the cards were in the wrong order many children could self correct when they were telling the story. We talked about what happened first, in the middle and last. We also used prompts like ‘What happened next?” Some children placed the cards from left to right and some went from right to left.
I brought four little china birds to add to the world tray while I was on holidays. We made playdough and added bird seed to it. The children built nests with sticks we collected outside. The birds have been very popular and children have been adding them to other games during the week. Steven had the birds talking on the phone on Wednesday! This is a nice lead into the Spring weather we have been having. We have noticed our trees are starting to bud up now as well.
Aidan started to build an amazing house on Wednesday. As it was going to be nice weather he was able to leave it over night and add to it the next day. Other children came and went during the process. Jasper and Aidan got cushions and rugs and made a bed on the roof. You could also lie in the house. It had a door that could open and close as well.
We had fun connecting sticks with blocks/counters this week. We connected the planks using our wooden blocks and the children built a balance course. When someone noticed it was a bit wobbly, Bella fixed the problem by adding another wooden block under the board. Great thinking Bella! Then we connected icy pole sticks to counters as a lead in to dot-to-dot connecting with textas.
We went to Green Lake for Bush Kinder with the Sea Lake Pre School. Green Lake is a dry lake bed. The children had fun climbing, walking, learning about the Aboriginal Culture and playing with sticks. It was also good to meet up with our friends from Sea Lake again (they visited for Pop-up Play)