Welcome back to the kindercare blog, we missed you!!
Since we opened back up for the school year we have been enjoying spending as much time outside as possible! We start out the day outside, take a little break for lunch and head right back out to end off the day outside as well! The kindercare program has been taking a lot of walks throughout the community to check out new play spaces, exploring in the forest, and playing games in the field.
All this outside time got me thinking, are the children enjoying it? What do they enjoy about it? What makes outside so special? Check out some of the answers in the slideshow!!!
The Kinder's got to explore the Children's Museum this week for a cool "I Love To Read Month" program called Swirling Stories. This involved listening to a story about different ways to write a story and then creating our own Idea Jars! The jars have different pictures in them so that when you shake them up, you can come up with new and silly stories using the pictures shown as a start to each story. After the activity, we stayed at the museum to check more fun stuff including the illusion slide, train, water station and lasagna play structure.
The weather has been extra chilly lately and unfortunately we have been stuck inside! This week we have been challenging ourselves to find new and exciting ways to get moving and get rid of all the extra energy we have! Today we made an obstacle course in the classroom!
Not only did this allow us to get some energy out, but it also allowed us to practice some gross motor skills such as balancing, tossing, climbing, hand/eye coordination, different kinds of jumps, and body awareness!
The Ladybug group has been talking a lot about different foods, what they like and dislike! We created a board that shows the updated Canada Food Guide and did a fun little activity to discuss what different kind of foods are important to eat, and what foods the Canadian Food Guide recommends each day! Of course we also had a talk about snacks that come after the healthy stuff, because who doesn't love snack!
Don't be surprised if your child comes home talking all about protein, or grains! These are some new words that we learned throughout this process!
The children were presented with 3 jars, one had cold water, one had warm water and the third had vinegar! Each jar has one candy cane put inside to see how different liquids would react with the candy cane!
In the cold water:
With the holiday season in full swing, the Kinders have been excitedly decorating the room with a Christmas tree (donated by Krystyna! Thanks!), lights, and hand made paper ornaments.
We decided to give the children a new experience and provided them with wrapping paper, bows, empty boxes and plenty of tape to try their hand at wrapping gifts. Some children wrapped the empty boxes, some wrapped books from our library area, and some wrapped toys from around the room. At a glance this seems like just a fun activity but the Kinders were actually working on their fine motor skills with all the taping, cutting and strategic folding. This was also a great activity to enhance their social development, as they shared the supplies and talked about what they were pretending to wrap for their loved ones. Liam, for example, told me he had wrapped a brand new iphone for his mom, and another child wrapped her friends' favorite toy so she could open it up later.
Parents and caregivers, take note! These kids are ready to help you wrap all the presents next year!