Today Kirsty joined us as a Big Bear educator. We spoke to her about the things that we know about the bush. As we got ready to go outside we were surprised by Francis who had come to do music time with us. Many of us headed back in to join Francis while some children decided to stay outside and enjoy the sunshine.
After our rest we moved back outside where James did some cooking in the sand pit, Zariah and Soren played horses together and Oliver and Willow worked together to rearrange our river beds. Luca, Gene and Jordan played dinosaurs and Xander and Harper played together on our new Fort.
Principles. Secure respectful and reciprocal relationships.
Practice. Responsiveness to children. Learning through play. Learning environments.
Outcome 1. Children feel safe, secure and supported.
Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect.
Outcome 4. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
Today we participated in many different indoor activities whilst it was raining. Ruby made a dinosaur out of blocks, Isla, Lochlan, Sam and Willow all spent the morning in the home room whilst many children made different things out of clay.
At circle time we worked more on our book about different hazards in the bush, many of the children were able to provide the information needed. Xavier told us about the dangers of motor bikes whilst Charlie.M explained what will happen if you get lost.
After lunch we had a short rest before realizing that that sun had come out. We raced outside to find some very big puddles that we all worked hard to fill in as quickly as possible. Some children became very muddy from this experience, digging, splashing and having fun until it was decided that perhaps it was time to come out of the mud to dry off for afternoon tea.
Principles: Ongoing learning and reflective practice
Practices: Learning through play, Intentional teaching.
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity. The children feel safe, secure and supported as they confidently explore and engage with social and physical environments through relationships and play.
What a wonderful Monday we have had. As it was the start of the school holidays many children didn't attend Big Bears today and so we had a very quiet day with only 12 children. This meant that we could tidy our room and engage in some fun activities such as baking our new birthday cake recipe.
At circle time we talked about the dangerous things in our bush again and Hannah showed us the pages of the book that she had made so far. With the educators help all the children contributed words to go along with the pictures, explaining what will happen to you if you come across the dangerous things, how to stay safe around them and who you should call for help.
“If you see a snake, you call Bec, Hannah, Sarah!’ Finn said. ‘If there is a fire you call 000.’ said James.
Halfway through circle time Sharon came running into Big Bears with a look of alarm, “Quick there’s a fire in the Baby Bears laundry.” (Fire drill) So we all jumped up and ran out into the office and down the ramp collecting Mel and Kirsty on the way. All of the Big Bears were excellent listeners when we did a role call as we have been practising saying ‘check’ or ‘here’ when we come back from the bush.
This afternoon we cant wait to take our new birthday cake and continue playing outside in the warm weather.
Principles: Ongoing learning and reflective practice.
Practices: Intentional teaching.
Outcome 4: Children are confidant and involved learners.
Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
The children are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning and participate in a variety of rich and meaningful inquiry-based experiences.
All of our educators will be contributors to our blog. We really enjoy our daily reflections as we revisit our days with the children and their achievements and successes. These blogs will share the stories of the children and the beauty in our days. We hope you enjoy them!