For the past three weeks we have had Mel helping us while Mrs Gayle recovers from an operation. Mel made us puzzles from magazine pictures. They were of varying difficulty. The children put the puzzles together for their portfolios. Thank you for your input during the past three weeks Mel – we have had a busy time.
We got a lovely surprise when we went to the hospital for our visit this week. Heather had the Day Room decorated for Halloween and there were lots of child sized costumes all around. The children asked if they could dress-up. They had great fun choosing their costumes. After some photos with all the residents we played some games.
A little boy and his Mum.
We a posy of native flowers for our easel painting this week.
The Lemonade Stand went into overdrive this week with the addition of oranges, strawberries and blueberries and the children attempted to sweeten the lemon juice. The drinks went fancy with the addition of fruit garnishes (inspired by a trip to Thailand!) and floating fruit.
Insects have 6 legs and spiders have 8 legs. For the last two weeks we have been playing with Spiders and Insects. Today Ingrid brought along a Dragonfly. We put it on the lightbox. With magnifying glasses, we could see all the patterns on his wings.
We have also talked about the lifecycle of a spider.
Inspired by Mitchell, the children took advantage of the warm weather to play in the creek bed with pipes and water. Then they dug a channel for the ducks. We are learning that water can’t run up hill.
The children have added props from the cut and paste trolley to the world tray with Kinetic Sand. They have been making some delicious looking cakes and pies.
With the arrival of Spring – the bugs are out and at Pre School we have added bugs and bits to our playdough table. Working with playdough strengthens our hands for writing tasks and the props and bugs add a stimulus for the task. It also helps us to learn more about bugs, including names.
Lily and Elise had a pretend lemonade stand on Monday – but on Thursday, with the generous donation of some lemons from a Playgroup Mum, it turned into a real lemonade stand and the customers got to taste something ‘sour’.