Saturday, 27 May 2017

Pukeko Update

Yet another great week in Pukeko. The children are finding new and interesting ways to use our equipment and have had the chance to explore some new activities that were introduced last week. Picture frames with some small loose parts were interesting as children made a range of different art works. Some with patterns, some with stories but all creative and different.

Also a range of small blocks were put out with some photo's of historic buildings. There was an attempt to recreate the Taj Mahal. We also introduced a story book about a hippo wanting to be the first hippo on the moon. With this book there were some small loose parts and after reading the story we asked why the children thought there were some loose parts. There were a range of answers and ideas from the children and we are interested to see what they do with it this week.

We finally had the opportunity to head to down to the construction site at the end of Winters Road. Norma met us there and we were lucky enough to watch an excavator work on digging a trench for some water and sewage pipes. The driver was very interested to talk to us and he took the time to answer some of the children's questions and give them some information about what he does. Norma was kind enough to have some lollies there to share with the children. She told us that there is an architectural student working on a design for our outdoor play space and we should be able to see it in mid June with the aim of having the space completed by summer. Thank you so much to the parents that had the time to walk with the class down Winters Road.

This week we have our celebration of learning. This is an opportunity for you to come and spend some time with us and see what the children have been up to. There are 2 session times, the first being 2-3pm where you will get a chance to see the children in play (and have a play with them). The second session is from 6-7pm. You are more that welcome to have a play then also.

Mrs T and Mrs Akhtar give the children drawing tasks to do on Fridays. The aim is for children to follow the instructions for each drawing. It has been mentioned that children have enjoyed this and have taken it apon themselves to do some at home. Here is the link to the site used. When you enter the site you are able to access free drawing tutorials. There is no need to pay any money.

We very much appreciate those of you that take the time to view our blog every week. There are often articles and information about play here as well as seeing what your children are creating each week. See you tomorrow and have a great week.

Tyson, Dimitry, Connor, Brooklyn, Lily and Leah have been practising printing their name using the correct letter formations and holding the pencil with the correct pencil grip.

They still need some support but are making good progress.

We use the Casey Caterpillar story to help print the letter shapes. Here is a guide for how we verbalise each letter.

                       “Play is the beginning of knowledge.” 
                                  George Dorsey

    1 comment:

    1. Always a pleasure to spend time with the inquisitive Pukeko. Love the picture frame idea. Thank you for sharing the drawing link.