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Kindy Latest News

Welcome to our Kindy latest news page. Find out what we have been up to this term and also see previous term news. If you have any specific queries concerning this class or your child please email Karolina.

 

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Spring 2018 News 

The sun is presently shining into Kindergarten and sending rainbows all over the room…. as our little buds continue to bloom beautifully!

This term we have welcomed Willow into the family and look forward to both Dillan and Gabriel starting with us after Easter.

The children are enjoying the new responsibility of washing up their own crockery and utensils from snack and lunch time, and this has naturally expanded into a desire for more and more ‘meaning-full’ work… today the children swept, mopped and cleaned the classroom too.

We have also had an influx of new art materials such as the popular chalk pens for bright blackboard creations, air drying clay for form and about 20 different types of paint brush for texture and control work.

The garden continues to grow both naturally and in terms of the projects Maggie and the children build for us, again a huge thanks to Maggie for this, as the term continues we shall all enjoy the fruits of this hard labour!

Our project currently, since Imbolc, has been ‘Light’… man made/natural; different sources of light; how objects change in the light and-prompted by a child-how we can give light to each other with our hearts (so sweet!)

Maths within our every day routine has had a self-inflicted audit! Cooking each week has been a marvelous opportunity for mathematical language, and we plan a lot more scrumptious vegan cookery for the rest of this term as a result. The skills required for the recipes are progressing well, both in terms of the language used (beating, whisking, folding, mixing, mashing, combining etc etc) and also the physical skills involved (one hand engaged and the other supporting). Not to mention the social aspect as we feast and reflect on the week together!

PSED (Personal, Social, Emotional Development) sessions have been a useful tool to draw attention to social learning, for example, “What could you do/say when your friend falls over?” etc… The children are really becoming so thoughtful and attentive to each other, it’s wonderful to watch. Greta and I both enjoy the amateur dramatics involved in role playing situations for the children!

Our specialist teachers for Yoga, Spanish and Music continue their excellent work, and we look forward to sharing some of our endeavors with you in the not too distant future.

All in all, Kindergarten continues to be a a very special place to learn and grow.

Autumn 2017 News 

There is an abundance of natural materials around us at this time of year to enhance our learning and we have been making full use of them! The school garden has kept us in plentiful supply for both artwork and snacking! Garlic to crush, herbs to cook with, sunflower seeds to sort, store, count, tweezer, eat and mosaic with! And of course our beautiful New Forest with all it’s sensorial Autumn delights continues to provide a natural haven for us all…nature/nurture!

Following some recent training, toys are changing a little in our quiet room, giving way for more heuristic play to challenge our critical thinking.  That is to say play items that are open-ended, where one has to invent, create, adapt, persevere and play… we have already enjoyed some amazingly co-operative and creative moments in the week that items are being gradually introduced!

I am sure all the Kindergarten families have enjoyed our Autumnal songs over the last few weeks and obviously after the October half-term holiday, rehearsals for the Christmas Concert will be in full swing! Our music lessons on a Wednesday are fantastic, we all look forward to Sarah coming in with her instrument and impressive skill.   We are gently and consistently exploring rhythms and tunes by learning new songs together.

We also now enjoy Spanish stories and games each week, for which we welcome beautiful parent Sylvia into the Classroom…it is absolutely incredible to hear the sheer amount of new language the children are absorbing…

Such a fascinating book to read – ‘The Absorbent Mind’ – Maria Montessori

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