Just outside the Kindercare room we have a new bulletin board titled, Meet Your Future Kinders.
As you may have noticed, many of them have said that when they grow up they want to be a Police Officer! Well, this week both groups were given the opportunity to meet a Police Officer in real life and the children were so excited! The Police Officers came in, introduced themselves, talked to us about what they do, showed us all their cool gadgets, how they can keep us safe and what we can do to keep ourselves safe!
The children were also given the opportunity to try on some police gear and the Ladybugs even got to see inside the police car! Check it out!!
Do you ever feel the need to just be outside? Get some fresh air? Have a new play environment? Get creative with nature? WELL, Wednesday October 23rd was Take Me Outside Day!! This day was established in 2011 to encourage people to spend more time outdoors! The Kinder's took part in this day, and spent all day outside doing a variety of different activities, and most of all- the best exploring! It was a huge success! Although this was the official Take Me Outside Day- I can imagine that we will be doing more within our Kinder Program this year! We had a blast!!
During Take Me Outside Day- we found a really cool spot in the forest with a tree to climb!! Thursday I took the other group to explore too! Stay tuned to see our own versions of Take me Outside Day throughout the year!
September and October FLEW by, and now we are already approaching Halloween! We have taken the last month and a bit to really get to know each other in the Kindercare Room! We have been doing a ton of exploring, both inside and outside!
Snow in October? No Problem! The caterpillar group made the best of a crazy snow filled October Friday by bringing the snow inside to explore! The children made mini snowmen, and added some unique features with water colour paint!
The ladybug group read a book called "What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?" which led us to some very interesting conversations! The children started moving around the room acting out different animals, comparing size, speeds and colour, along with doing some research about any unfamiliar animals that the children were curious about. This expanded to using the materials and toys in the room to create homes for these animals. This week we made playdough and brought out some loose parts to explore more about what animals need in their habitat to survive!
Last but not least, PUMPKINS!!!! What better way to celebrate the Fall Season than exploring Pumpkins! We did a lot of cool things with the pumpkins such as carving them, exploring the feel of the insides of a pumpkin, making pumpkin volcanoes, and later comparing the sizes and weights of the pumpkins by observing them then making guesses whether each different size/shape would sink or float!
To finish our project on community helpers we went on a field trip to the Rothesay fire station. The children got a tour of the station and even got to spray the fire hose. We had a great time!
To finish up our project on transportation we took a field trip to the Winnipeg railway museum. We enjoyed a tour of the museum and then explored The Forks.
For almost a month now we have been enjoying our new class pets. Stick bugs! We received them from another child care centre for free. The children are enjoying taking care of them everyday. They help clean the tank, feed the bugs and spray the tank to keep it from drying out. All the children have been participating and it's a great way for the children to learn how to take care of another living creature.
The Caterpillar group was in the mood to decorate some clothing that they had brought in for the Winnipeg Jets White Out. The Jets may be out of the play offs but the children still enjoyed decorating, even if it was not Winnipeg Jets related anymore.
The Lady Bugs had been collecting pieces for their guitars for a few weeks and were finally able to build them. This art project was inspired by the book "Gus and Me" by Keith Richards. The children were inspired to create their own guitars after we read the book together. The photos below are of the process in making the guitars.
On March 20th the children went to see a play of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at MTYP. This trip ties in with the project of performing that they are involved in. They also got a chance to explore The Forks. Here are a few photos from the day.