Term four has started with an investigation into the universe, planets, astronauts, and space rockets during space week. The children were very keen to share their knowledge with one another;
Theodore ‘There are lots of planets up there in space and we live on earth.’
Meha ‘And there is Saturn.’
Piper ‘And Mars and Jupiter.’
Cormack ‘And lots of stars.’
Miss Sarah ‘How do you get to these planets?’
Lachlan ‘You can catch a rocket and go three . . .two . . .one . . .and blast off into space and go to the moon!’
Jonty ‘And you put on a spacesuit. I got one at home. I will be an astronaut and go in my rocket.’
Addison ‘And you go lift-off!!!’
Through a connection with technology and literature, the children continued to explore space, rockets, and the role of an astronaut. It was becoming apparent that the children’s primary interest was rocketed. The children were given large cardboard boxes, recycled materials, and foil to begin to construct their very own rocket. The children drew upon the knowledge they had gained previously through their discussions and their interactions to make the most spectacular rocket! A great deal of collaboration and negotiation was needed as they worked together on this project.
We were also pleased to see many of our preschool friends enjoying space week through their online learning. Many of the children created their own rockets out of blocks and made planets and solar systems using paint and recycled materials found around their homes. We could see a lot of imagination and creativity went into these creations. Thank you for sharing them with us.
The children have been exploring health and nutrition through the cooking experiences on offer this week as part of our healthy cooking week. The children made pancakes, fruit kebabs, and zucchini fritters. Throughout the experience the children were given the opportunity to discuss some of the healthy foods that they enjoy eating;
Eli ‘I like yogurt.’
Jayda ‘Me too. Did you know that yogurt gives you string bones?’
Parisha ‘And cheese too is good for your bones.’
Niamh ‘And your teeth too.
Jonty ‘Blueberries are yummy and give you a blue tongue. They make you grow big and strong.’
Austin ‘Yeah I have blueberries at home and strawberries and watermelon too. Fruit is good for you.’
Amelia ‘I eat apples cause they are good for you.’
Zaylee ‘So are vegetables.’
Apart from exploring nutritional food and the impact it has on our bodies, the children also gained several other skills, including;
· Social-Emotional Development: Hands-on cooking activities help children develop confidence and skill. Following recipes encourages children to be self-directed and independent, it also teaches them to follow directions and develop problem-solving skills.
· Physical Development: Fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills are developing by chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.
· Cognitive Development: Cooking encourages children’s thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also allows children the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.
· Language Development: Cooking offers the opportunity to develop language development by linking it to all other areas, including Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts, and Literacy. This is done by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, and watching materials change colour, texture, and medium.
We would love to see photos and recipes of the nutritious foods you like to cook in the family home. Please send them directly to the preschool via our email and we will share these on Seesaw.
Miss Michelle found a small baby bird on the ground just outside our preschool gates. With the help of Miss Fyae, they gathered the bird and took it inside to check if it was okay. The children became very concerned for the bird and it was decided that we would ask the local vet for advice on what we should do. The local vet looked over the bird and said that it was okay. They advised us that the bird was learning to fly and it was important to re-release the bird near where we found it and assured us that the other birds would be looking for him/her. The children collected the box with the bird inside and walked to the spot where we originally found it. The bird was placed gently on the ground and watched as the other birds flew around it. This generated a lot of discussions;
Jonty ‘I think all the mummy and daddy birds missed the little fella.’
Eli ‘Yeah look they are giving it kisses with their beaks.’
Lachlan ‘the baby bird is watching the other birds.’
Austin ‘Yeah cause that’s how the baby learn to fly . . .he watched the big birds then he flaps his wings too and he flies away.’
Jayda ‘I think he is just a bit tired and will fly away soon.’
Whilst releasing the baby bird, we noticed another small bird on the ground. It looked to be healthy too.
Parisha ‘I think that bird is learning to fly too.’
Niamh ‘Yeah it jumped from its nest and flapped but it couldn’t fly yet.’
Jayda ‘Maybe we need to make some little steps and things so that the birds can get back up to their nest. That’s why no one will get them.’
Jonty ‘Yeah and they be safe . . . we should make them another next but lower down the tree too.’
Lachlan ‘Yeah lower down. Like on that tree.’ (Lachlan pointed to a lower branch).
The experience provided the children with a wonderful opportunity to develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and to expand their understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation. In the coming weeks, we will be liaising with the local vet to create a safe space for our birds who are currently nesting. We will also be looking at planning and creating some of the ideas generated from the discussions (such as ladders and additional nests)