The children had a wonderful day with their teddies and soft toys at Kindy during Teddy Bear’s Picnic. They chose several activities to do with their teddies including making honey sandwiches and honey cake, having a picnic and giving their teddies a push on the swing. The children particularly enjoyed the special music session with Mrs Lochel which was based around teddies.
Robert from Ngutana-Lui (meaning to teach) visited Kindy to share his culture with us. This visit included looking at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts, listening to the sounds of clapping sticks and the didgeridoo, and singing and dancing with Robert.
Robert taught us that things from nature such as turtle shells and kangaroo skins can be used for many different things. We will continue to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and perspectives in our Kindy programs.
It was a pleasure to have Sarah from Bee Yourself at Kindy to talk with us about the importance of bees. Sarah taught the children about native bees which we are lucky to have at our Kindy and she had some hives of her own to show us. Sarah demonstrated splitting our box hive and harvesting honey. The children tasted the honey and look forward to making baked goods using the harvested honey.
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!
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.