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:
On the 12th & 15th March, Toby from Bee Aware came and spoke to the children about bees, especially native bees including the tickle bees otherwise known as native stingless bees that we have at kindy.
The children learnt if there were no bees we wouldn’t be able to eat fruit, as many of the fruits we love like strawberries, oranges and blueberries rely on bees. Stinging Bees only sting because they are scared. If you stand still and just watch them, then you probably won’t get stung.
We found out how bees collect and make the honey and also how to ‘rob’ the hives; including a live demonstration. The honey that was collected was then poured into a jar. The best bit – we all had the opportunity to taste this yummy honey both straight from the hive and from the jug of collected honey. The children were fascinated.
This year Kenmore District Kindergarten celebrated its 60th year of providing high quality early childhood education and care.
To celebrate this important milestone, we held a Family Fun Day on Saturday 22nd July 2017.
Thanks you to all the families who shared this special day with us. Thank you to the local businesses for supporting us in holding this event.
Our featured children entertainer was Jurrasic Joe
Thank you to our sponsors and silent auction partners.