This week we added some Bi Carb Soda into our watercolour paints. We painted our pictures and then we added vinegar via a pipette and watched them FIZZ. The fizzing made more patterns on our pictures.
Thank you to the Farley Family for a wonderful day at the farm. We had a ride on a horse, saw guinea pigs, rabbits, birds and a pet kangaroo. Then we went for a drive around the Herb Farm. We smelt Dill, Corriander and Rosemary. We ran through the Almond Tree rows. We went in the back of a semi trailer and had a go at ‘driving’ a truck. We also saw the big sprinklers operating – pity it had cooled down so much today!
We took the children to the Rememberance Day ceremony in Manangatang on Wednesday. Before the children went we had to talk to them about the ceremony and how to act in a situation such as this. They had to know to remove their hats, stand still and be quiet. Someone got the message. They said, “We will be little cherubs!” It’s hard not to laugh. The children made apple print poppy pictures and patty pan poppies to wear to the ceremony. The children were very respectful at the ceremony.
Every year the Pre school children make some visits to the local school to become familiar with the environment and feel comfortable before they start ‘Big School’ the following year. We also invite school children to join with Pop-up Play and Bush Kinder so that we can form relationships with children who will be in our composite classrooms and the playground of ‘Big School’. Today was our last group transisiton day for the year. Now we will go in small groups for another three visits without our teachers or parents and really experience school life – before January 2016.
We wer inspired by the Bush Kinder pictures the children at school had hanging on their wall this week – so we decided to make our own. First we had to collect all our materials from the trees and ground surrounding the Pre school. Our Bush Kinder Pictures look great and as they age we will have the scent of gum wafting through the centre.
We had a special guest at Bush Kinder this week. Our guest was Aunty Rose. Aunty Rose is Brock’s Great Grandmother and a tribal elder. Aunty Rose is great at telling stories like they would have been passed from generation to generation in the past. She told us the story of how the boy became a koala and explained why koalas cry like babies and don’t drink very much water.
Aunty Rose brought some puzzles for us to do. Some children really persisted to do these. We went for a walk. We couldn’t find any Bush Tucker berries because of the dry weather. We did find some pigface that we can suck for moisture if we are thirsty. We also brought back the koala we found last week to put in our tree at Pre school (a toy of course!)