Welcome to a new year in Kindy Blue with lots of fun for everyone!
We have just had our first week together meeting all our new friends. The home corner, the fire station and garage table and the water play have been very busy centers in Kindy, along with painting and block play!
Getting to know each other has been fun as we drew pictures of ourselves and made wooden figures that depict each of us for play use.
We also “Guessed The Baby”, comparing our baby photos with each of us now that we are big Kindy kids.Guessing which of the babies matched our teachers was extra fun! Thanks Mums and Dads for sending the photos in so promptly! Thank you to God too for making each and every one of us so special and unique!
We have begun our journey on learning about the story of Jesus’ life. We heard the story of the angel visiting Mary to tell her that she was going to have a baby named Jesus.Jesus was a baby and grew into a little boy who did jobs to help his family just like we do. We will find out more about his life and his love for God over the term.
A special member of Kindy Blue is Freda the Frilled Neck Lizard. She is helping us learn about the Power of the Sun in our Science unit for this term. We put her outside in the sun each morning to warm up from the sun’s heat. She is a reptile and needs her cold blood to be warmed so that she can run fast to hunt and escape from predators. Watch this space to find out more about how The Sun Changes Everything!!!
We have enjoyed great adventures in the Pre-Primary playground this term. The monkey bars are very popular as we make up challenges and games on them with our friends!
The creek and Fairy Hut are great places to find creatures and mix up concoctions!
Our Year Three Buddies visited and enjoyed reading the Fairy Tales and Lego Mini Figure stories that we wrote. We felt very proud to be authors and have others enjoy reading our efforts!
The Season of Advent will be with us soon and we have been talking about times we have had to wait a long time for something. Mary and Joseph had to wait for Jesus’ birth and they spent that time preparing for Him to come.We practised waiting as we melted coloured ice blocks on paper cut outs. It took ages!!! But our patience produced lovely results in our patterned papers!
We read the Bible stories of the Angel visiting Mary, then Joseph to tell them that Jesus would be born to them. We wondered what it would be like to be visited by an Angel! The Angel told them that God would look after all of them and they were happy! We made Angels using our fine motor skills, to remember the news the Angel had shared with Mary and Joseph!
Our Kindy play date was loads of fun! Mums, dads and Nannas came along to spend the morning with us, playing games, building in the Lego Factory, painting, gluing, creating with play dough and all the usual interesting activities to found at Kindy! Thank you to everyone who was able to join in for the morning!
Our Fairy Tale explorations led us to tales without the Royal Court! We enjoyed an age old favourite in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and then to “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”.
We played a math board game and tried our best to help the Three Bears get home to the porridge before Goldilocks got there! It was a bit tricky because sometimes you might collect a honey pot token that told you to backwards away from the cottage. A lesson in not giving up when the game gets a bit sticky!
We became Fairy Tale authors as we drew, painted and decorated a character puppet and then created a fairy tale story around them. Oh what great adventures our puppets have had!
The Lego Factory Workers have created their own mini figure designs, complete with their own stories and adventures to enjoy. Reading these stories is sure to have readers biting their nails with anticipation or giggling with laughter at some of the humour!
Our Silk Worms have all cocooned and begun hatching as moths. They are so sweet, making a soft purring sound as they flutter their wings. They are starting to lay their eggs too which will remain dormant until next Spring for a new generation!
We finished growing our Snowflake crystals and hung them in a tree in our “Frozen Ice Palace”. They certainly look different now to the powder, water and pipe cleaners that we began with!
Our explorations of the “Frozen” story have led us into sharing and playing with Fairy Tales. We read the story of “The Princess and the Pea” and played a maths game on this theme. We had to read the dice, move the Princess on the game board and then add or take away the bedding on her super high bed! All the bedding had to pile up and balance with a pea on the bottom-tricky!
The Fairy Tale “The Frog Prince” was popular at our re telling table as the story tellers moved the props to develop the story line.
Our Kindy boys really enjoyed the Fairy Tale “Hector and the Big Brave Knight”. They particularly enjoyed Granny’s justice when she taught the Big Bad Knight a lesson for stealing her magic wand- he had to scoop up Dragon poop and load it in a wagon! The Big Bad Knight did NOT live Happily Ever After with this chore!
We wondered how God could make so many kinds of cute, scary, tiny, colourful and different insects. We made observational drawings of them as we learned about insect body parts and habitats. We are keeping a sharp lookout for all kinds of insects!
Our Silk worms have been busy weaving their cocoons ready for their next stage in development. Some of us think the silk looks like spider web!
The lego factory workers have been busy with their Lego bricks making, continuing and reading the patterns for a maths patterning activity.
“FROZEN” has made its way into Kindy this term, along with “The Lego Factory”.
Both of these areas grew from the children’s special interests and has had them fully engaged since our doors opened!
“Frozen” land has been visited by many beautiful Princesses and there have been sightings of Kristoff too!
Our sensory bins have been in constant use as the items are sorted and used for story telling.
The Lego Factory workers have been flat out making and testing construction designs.
Work safe habits have been employed with the wearing of safety helmets while construction is carried out. The workers are a very agreeable lot, sharing materials, ideas and work spaces happliy!
We started some Chemical Science investigations with mixing ingredients to make “Snow” and to grow snowflake crystals.
We hypothesised about the changes in the ingredients and shared our ideas on what we had observed.
Our ice cutters have been very busy chipping away at huge blocks of ice with hammers, making sure their eyes are protected with safety goggles. Kristoff may be interested in hiring some of these hard workers!
We are very fortunate to have Silk Worms to look after this term as part of our Religious Education unit on “Creepy Crawlies”.
Stay tuned to find out how they grow and change!
We were so lucky to have the “Bees Neez” Apiarists visit Kindy for Science Week!
We learned how bee hives work and how Apiarists collect honey from their bees.
The taste testing was so yummy and we dressed in beekeepers suits!
Kindy has been a hive of activity with investigations into bees, their homes and habits, along with pollination and the importance of bees to our food production.
The Science Expo will see the fruits of our learning on show to share with our families! Looking forward to seeing you there!
In the next few weeks staff will be inserviced regarding placing posts on the school website.
We will let you know when these are up and running so stay tuned!