Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More experiments with light and shadow

Over the past few days, the children have been very engaged with some coloured glass bottles on the light table. They have explored the shapes of the bottles and discovered that the waves will fit together if the bottles are turned to the right direction. We have experimented with matching the coloured blocks to the different coloured bottles and filling the bottles with different things. To extend the children’s fine motor skills, this morning I placed the bottles on the table with baskets containing glass pebbles, small buttons and coloured beads. The challenge for the children was to use small tweezers to pick up these items to place in the bottles.

We continued to explore our interest in shadows by setting up a shadow puppet theatre using a lamp and a sheet. The children experimented with the different shapes and animals and also enjoyed putting themselves in the story using their little stand-up people.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Exploring Shadows

Last week... We read a new Gruffalo Story... “The Gruffalo’s child’. In the book, the mouse again scares the Gruffalo’s child with his clever tricks, this time using his shadow. This led to lots of interest in shadows so we set up our lamp on a small table to see if we could recreate the trick of making the mouse bigger. We will explore this further next week!

While we were outside in the sun today, I drew the children’s attention to their shadows on the ground. We experimented with making our shadows larger and smaller and tried to make scary shadows to scare away the ‘Gruffalo’. Can you guess whose shadows these are?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bunnings Fundraising BBQ

Some of our parents stepped out with style today as we rolled into Bunnings to cook up a storm for all the hungry shoppers who hadn't had enough sausages at the election booths.

With lots of smiles and enthusiasm we cooked and sold around 1100 sausages and drinks too. With some well earned funds now heading back to our kindy for the benefit of all of our Kids.
A big Thank you to Natasha and Melissa for all the hard preparation work you put into organising everything and still working today as well.
We also send a big thank you to Veena, Matt.A, Damon, Mel, Carolyn, Jenny, Lauren, Matt.F, Peter, Paul, Fiona, Russell, Linda, Emma, Angela and Geraldine without your commitment and help today we would not have had the success that we have.
Well done to you all.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our Promotional stall at Kmart Ekka

We willed the rain to stay away as we set up down at Kmart this morning. With our goodie bag to give away we had some enquiries particularly about waiting lists. We hope everyone who now finds us here will know more about our awesome Kindy and all we have to offer.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Willmore Community to Grow!

Soon we will be extending our Willmore Family! Through August, enrolments will begin for 2011 with letters being sent to the first 40 children on our waiting list. Remember, to secure your placement, you must respond to this letter by contacting the Kindergarten and paying the $100 enrolment fee by 30th August. As families respond, we will continue to work our way down the list until all places are filled. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Friday, August 6, 2010

CSIRO visit to Group B

We were visited today by Kristy a scientist from CSIRO. Kristy began the session by talking to the children about what science is. She then did a light experiment, where she talked about how light is really all of the colours of the rainbow together but we can't distinguish the different colours with our vision. She gave us some special 3D glasses which when we looked at our fluro light in the room showed the colours that were really there. It was amazing!
She also talked to us about circuits and how the circuit needs to be complete for electricity to work. Kristy talked about how light switches complete a circuit which enables the light to be switched on and off.
We then broke into groups and tried other experiments set up around the room. We looked at magnetism, sight and sound, pressure, magnifying objects, fossils and balance.
It was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn how and why things work. We will continue to explore science together and look forward to sharing this learning with you.