Jay has been volunteering with us the last few weeks and she is from New Zealand. She shared a presentation with us on her home country. Thanks Jay and we loved the biscuits.
We do circle time every day at the start and end of the day. We all get to share and be seen and acknowledged. We started this week the kids project time, they all chose their own area of interest and went with it, creating, researching and driving their own learning. We also use the tool of stillness and meditation and I got a couple of pics of the kids engaging in this exercise at the end of our day.
Toby took us to Australia this week. He shared with us some of the animals of Australia and a catchy song about a dugong. We did some traditional art work, learn't how to throw a boomerang, tried some foods including Vegemite and a tradition cake. Toby shared some aboriginal symbols to which he noticed were carved into his boomerang. Thank you Toby and Sarah for an engaging insight into Australia, Toby you confidently led us through each slide on the computer with a point of interest to you. It was great to see you end our termly tour of the world. Great work.
Today we some of the kids shared their scrapbooks records of what they did at the weekend. We read a book called beautiful oops which beautifully illustrates how a mistake can become something wonderful with a bit of imagination. Our quote for the day was
'Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.' (Scott Adams)
Each of them made a 'mistake' on a piece of paper (a tear, a rip, a scribble, a scrunch up piece of paper, a hole) and then passed it onto the person next to them. They then had to look at the paper, use their imagination and incorporate it into something creative. We had some wonderfully creations: a sushi board and knif, a sheep in a field, a seascape, a T-Rex, a treasure map. We thought about learning to embrace mistakes as opportunities to get creative and make something beautiful.
In the gallery two groups were formed and the children had a go at designing their own games which were allowed to have 5 rules. They came up with Sammy Tag and Pigs and Wolves. After explaining the games to each other they then played them and reflected on them, thinking about what worked well, what didn't work so well and what could they do differently to make it work better (find a solution).
Beth shared her research on Christmas - when was the first Christmas. She directed a nativity animation and shared it with the group about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Thank you Rick who came and facilitated a session on sustainability and the children created a plan of a city that they felt took care of the environment and each other.