It's 8 am and you know what that means, Art is open! Todays idea was developed by a few of our Club 4/5 members as they created props for a photobooth, right down to the cameras themselves. They were focused on their designs and combined with their own flash of genius, created some amusing photobooth moments. Now strike a pose and say cheese!
On Tuesday mornings we have full gym which means everyone participates in the gym for an hour.We play a variety of games which get the boys and girls running and their hearts pumping. One game is Pinball where they divide into two teams and three bowling pins are set up on each side. We throw out some soft balls and the game begins with each team trying to knock down the other teams pins. It is a great game and students and staff really get involved. Another game is Bench Ball where again they divide into two teams and benches are set up on each team. One person is on the bench and than both teams start throwing the ball. When a team memeber from the other side catches a ball they join their teammate on the bench. The goal is to get your whole team on the bench first.
Wednesday afternoon means kindergarten gym. This week we tried out bowling. We set up two teams and two bowling lanes. They started off with about 8 pins that they had to try knock down. They thought this was too hard so they decided to only use 3 pins. To their disbelief it was in fact harder to only knock down 3 pins but they gave it their all. They also wanted to try and pick the pins back up. Which they also thought was a lot harder then it looked.
What a way to start the day by opening our imaginations through the creation of art. This area has taken on a life of fun and inspiration as we wake up to a variety of multi-color activities. Each day provides us with new ways to either create something from nothing or turning an existing item into something greater. Our most popular day so far was the tissue paper flowers as seen in the photos below. It's this kind of excitement for art that makes us look forward to what each morning will bring us.
Dawn and Dusk Loves Hockey! Every Friday in the afternoon, the children at Dawn and Dusk are able to bring their own Mini Sticks from home and we have our very own Mini Stick Tournament in the gym. We start every tournament with discussing some important rules and guidelines and making the teams. Everyone in the gym has to wear goggles/glasses for safety including the staff. The children have been great team players and really encouraging of each other. High fiving each other for a great shot or good save or even a nice try.
Here we have different versions of corrals. Each child has a different way of doing it.
One of our future architects hard at work , loves to create a different city each time.
Our kids love marble runs, look at this new version of a marble run. They love to add different items to their creation.
We love towers, wanting to make one that connects to each other.
At Dawn and Dusk we have different areas for the children to go. In the Kinder room, we have a relaxing space for the children to enjoy the start of their day . Brennan has made a throwing star out of origami . Kayden is beating me at a game of memory and the girls are reading a story to each other.
Our most recent inservice had us all racking our brains and we had the theme of puzzles to blame. We set out with four mind bending stations that would challenge varying problem solving skills. The first station was a room full of different sized floor puzzles. The second, a room full of coded messages that if answered correctly, open locked boxes around the room full of hidden surprises. We then moved on to the gym where the children designed puzzling mazes out of all the gym mats. Lastly, our fourth station sent us adventuring outside to the forest. This final task had us racing amoungst the trees in search of hanging cards that included both letters and pictures. The children had a message in picture form and to solve the phrase they had to match the picture with the letter it contained on the hanging cards. It was a day that certainly kept our minds occupied and would reveal the incredible fun that puzzles contain in their many different forms.