This week we took the Year Prep/One children to Bush Kinder with us. We went to Lake Lulla first. We had a big walk and we played on the muddy flats of the lake. The children looked for footprints and drew on the mud with sticks. The lake is very high this year due to the amount of rain we have had. This meant that the salt was all covered over. There were some trees and a few hills to climb at the lake.
After a walk at the lake we went back to our Ridley Rd camp site to have morning tea. Then it was off around the boundary again before the children went to play in our cubbies. One of the cubbies had been destroyed – so a group dismantled it and re built it. Another group made the big cubby even bigger with an extension.
Mrs Gayle helped us cook sausages and marshmallows on the fire. Then we ate some lunch. After lunch the children had a choice. They could go for a walk with Mrs Grant or stay at the campsite with Mrs Gayle. The children who went for a walk went to the dry channel to run up and down. There was illegally dumped rubbish in the channel. There was crime scene tape and the rubbish was covered with black plastic. This dumping is under investigation. It will be interesting to see what happens with this.
Someone has dumped rubbish in the dry channel bed at Bush Kinder. The rubbish has been covered with black plastic (because of potential asbestos contamination). The rubbish is roped off because it is under investigation by Parks Victoria. This started a great discussion on disposing of waste responsibly and what might happen to the people caught dumping the rubbish. This relates to a sign we saw at Sea Lake Bush Kinder warning people of a fine if they left rubbish behind. Learning about recycling and being responsible for our waste is a lesson learned at Bush Kinder. We also ensure that children return any rubbish from their lunch boxes back in their boxes to dispose of at home to keep our Bush Kinder site clean and safe for us and the animals.
Most of the children found the arrival of the Year 2/3 children overwhelming this week and found their own places to play. While we were playing we were noticing how the Year 2/3 children were interacting with our Bush Kinder space. This will inspire our play for our last week. New cubbies were built at lightening speed. The children were inspired to decorate their cubbies with wild flowers. We cooked damper on a stick over the fire.
Mrs Grant brought some snow back from Mt Hotham this week. We put it in the clam shell to play with. The children got to touch and taste it. They could feel the air around the shell getting colder. They used animals who live in the snow and vehicles for moving snow in their pretend play. We watched the snow start to melt during the day. They children wanted to save it for the next day. They suggested keeping the windows open overnight so the room was cold. They put all the snow in a pile and in the morning there was still some left. When their hands got too cold they went and played something else for a while.
Inspired by the surrounds of Bush Kinder last week, the children did some paintings of what they remembered. We also talked about the colours we would need to use. Great Paintings everyone!
Activities that train our eyes to visually discriminate help us when we start to read at school. This week we tried some of these activities in the afternoon.
Following on from our Star Gazing night at Green Lake, we read some stories about stars. Zoo in the Sky, Catch me a Star and Draw me a Star are some star books we enjoy. Then we made some star pictures with black paper and star stickers, sequins and cardboard stars. We needed to explain to the children the perspective of the pictures and we showed them how the black paper is the sky and that we are looking up at the sky. We know that stars can only be seen at night, they are different colours and sizes and that they are a long way away.
Then the teachers set up the dark tent and we put a star projector into the tent for some fun star gazing.
Today we had another Transition to School day for next years Preps. The children visited the office, Art room and the P/1 room. In the Prep room we played games an played on the iPads. WE heard a story about a working dog. Dur
ing the next four months we will make four more visits to the school and experience different parts of school life.
Last Wednesday we went to Green Lake with the Sea Lake Pre School Community for Night Bush Kinder. We had a BBQ for tea and we loved running around with our torches. Ron (Koorie Educator) told us some stories and painted faces with ochre. Bron told us some star stories from the Boorong people. Thank you to all the families who came and to Mrs Gayle for driving the bus. Thank you to Sea Lake Pre School for being welcoming hosts.
We have been learning to sew with hessian and wool. This is a challenge for some and we need to learn to put the needle though on the same side as the wool.