This term the children have been learning about “reuse, reduce and recycle”. To help with this, Jess from Mallow Sustainability came and spoke to the children about recycling. The children learnt about the different materials that can go in the recycling bin. Soft plastic like glad wrap can go to the recycling bins at the supermarket and charger cables need to go to the transfer station. Fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags, eggs shells, leaves and grass clippings can go into the compost bin and make food for the plants in the garden. The worm farm is a great place for fruit and vegetables scraps. The children have been reducing the amount of rubbish going to landfill.
Street Science Term 2 Incursion
Our Junior Scientists were enthralled by an interactive show presented by Street Science. Each demonstration prompted a new scientific thought process and we were encouraged to share our predictions and develop our understanding of what we were seeing. From touching real clouds that were made in front of our eyes, predicting the results of colour changing chemicals using observations, to making snow from the powder found inside nappies – we developed our cognitive thinking as well as expanding on our language and vocabulary. Once our show came to an end, we were given all the materials to make our own instant snow!
Yoga with Erin from Stretching minds
Yoga helps children to become aware of their bodies and the importance of looking after them. It can also help to improve sleep, decrease emotional outbursts, improve gross motor-skills, strengthen bodies and develop flexibility. Erin from Stretching minds visited our Kindy throughout term 2 and engaged the children in yoga poses using fun rhymes, songs and books.
In June, Robert from Ngutana-Lui (meaning “to teach”) visited us to share his Aboriginal culture with us. This visit included looking at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts, listening to the clapping sticks, didgeridoo playing, singing and dancing. One of the artefacts was a fishing spear. Robert explained how the fishing spear was used to catch turtles. Three men would go out hunting – two to row the canoe and one to jump out of the boat and throw the spear when a turtle came up to breathe. He then had to hold the turtle in a bear hug and the two men in the canoe would collect him and take him back to shore. This show extended the children’s learning about Australia’s First People.
We are super lucky to have 3 native bee hives at our Kindy. In March 2019, we invited Toby from Bee Aware to tell us all about the stingless bees, the importance of bees in the environment and other types of bees that we have in Australia. These include the Teddy Bear Bee and the Neon Cuckoo Bee. Toby showed us how to extract honey from our box hives. We all had a taste of the honey before pouring it into jars to use in our Kindy baking.
This year’s Family Fun Day celebrations included pony rides, face-painting, balloon twisting, sausage sizzle, bake sale and entertainment by Lucas Proudfoot (Circular Rhythms). These events are always enjoyed by all as it’s a time to meet other families, to show extended families our wonderful Kindy and to have fun together outside of our busy working week.
Thanks to Sponsors Dr Christian Rowan (State Member for Moggill), Westpac, 4069 Real Estate and Leighton Jones for making this event possible and thanks to Kate Richards for providing all the children with Fun Day Bags.
Our annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic is an event that the children get very excited about. Together with their teachers, the children planned a wonderful day at Kindy for their teddies. The children made sandwiches to eat at the picnic. Honey, which was taken from our Native Bee Hives earlier this year, was a popular topping! We read stories about bears, painted pictures of our visiting teddies and had a special music lesson around Bears and picnics with our Music teacher, Mrs. Lochel.
This week at kindy, the children were visited by scientist Dr Joe. Dr Joe introduced the children to the basic process of scientific thought and investigation through a variety of science experiments and hands on learning. He encouraged the children to wonder about something and then to work out how it happens, then why does it happen. Throughout the process the children were encouraged to test out their ideas.
Some of the experiments included:
- Experimenting with air rockets
- Experiments with air and making a cloud
- Making gas in a tin can
- How sound is made
- Exploring white light
The children did lots of scientific thinking as to what would happen, how will we find out, testing out ideas, observations of what happened and why.
The children were then able to explore a variety of scientific toys and work out how they work and why. These included marble runs, things to look through, making vortexes, magnets, Newton’s Cradle.
The children thoroughly enjoyed being “scientists” in such a fun interactive hands on learning experience.
The children have recently enjoyed having the fun, educational and interactive incursion by ‘Waterbug Wonders’.
Waterbug Wonders is an official Nature Play Queensland program and was run by Sue and Wanda.
The children learned about the various insects found in freshwater and were taught that they should use their local creeks and rivers to explore, appreciate and conserve the animals and insects which live in these habitats.
The children had a wonderful hands on experience with waterbug picking. Each child was provided with a selection of materials and water from a local creek. Using a spoon they caught bugs they saw in their tray and put them gently into small vials filled with creek water. The vials allowed the children to clearly see the bugs they had found. This activity was fantastic for developing hand-eye coordination, fine motor and observation skills. There were many types of waterbugs and some were very quick and well camouflaged. The children were encouraged to discuss the waterbugs that they had found.
The children learnt about the special things water bugs have that help them live in their water environment. We also were told a story illustrating the need to look after the creeks and the impacts of littering.
The educators at Kenmore District Kindergarten are advocates for nature play. Please click the following link to read the blog on the Nature Play QLD website: