Kindergarten – Term 1 Week 2 – Discovering nature in our gardens and fun in red and whit

“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” – Chinese proverb

Our second week has been fabulous. We have continued to discover who we are and more about our surroundings about us.  We shared the different animals that we know and thought how they move, what they sounds they make and even how they breathe. Each of us chose a special animal for ourselves, can you work out who chose which animal?

On our nature walk we went to one of the many kitchen gardens around Green School and wondered at the different things we found growing and living their. We noticed that something loved eating the kale but that it didn’t like the lettuces at all! When we were on the bridge we enjoyed the noise of the river and all the different things we could see either in it or around it. Some of us enjoyed rolling down its curved sides but none of us cold beat the water bottle and its shape like a cylinder!

All week we have been thinking about how we feel and learning about ourselves. On one day we collected our feelings and made a picture graph, another day we acted out different emotions and tried to show what they might look like in our bodies and on our faces. We shared a lot about how you can have lots of feelings and how they can all swirl around in our minds. We gave feelings our own personal colour choices and added them as shiny pieces of glitter to a giant jar.  Then we filled it with water and soap and then shook it up and watched all our emotions swirl round and settle slowly and it made is feel very calm as we silently saw them settle, each in their own time.

We also had a discussion about What is learning?  and How we think we learn? Everyone had great ideas to share and we found out that the answers were not the same for everyone at all!

Wednesday saw the launch of Green Studies by our Green and Science Team – Pak Oli, Pak Brett, Pak Joubert and Ibu Suemarni. They took us on a quiz and a hunt all over school to try and discover what we think Green Studies might be. We dug for worms in the compost, picked up tadpoles in the stream, thought about the differences in the shapes of the leaves, planted some seeds and saw the seedlings in the school nursery. We found fish swimming in the aquaponic ponds as well as in the subak by the rice paddy that have been put their especially to help eat the mosquito lavae and so much more….

Of course as well as guided activities we have had a lot of free choice to take our daily adventures in the directions we want them to go. From creating playgrounds for bugs, to estimating how many animals there are, painting rocks or role-playing in the mud, our days have been full and busy!

Story time under the shade of our trees, or in the cool of our classroom, helps us relax after our busy playtime action.

On Tuesday, Ibu Ari came to check our hair for head lice whilst we heard our story. Everyone was checked, even the teachers, and we like to do this every few weeks.  If your child is found to have any lice or nits (the eggs) then we will let you know and the nurse team will also send you an email. You can choose to treat your child yourself or alternatively you can let Ibu Ari do it for you. She uses natural products and patience and the cost is IDR 200,000 until the lice and eggs are all gone.

Thursday saw our celebrations for Indonesian Independence day.  In PE we played games that are traditionally played together in the community. We had to eat kropok without using our hands, took part in egg and spoon races and we even beat the teachers in the tug of war!

We cooked a meal of Nasi Kuning to eat together a traditional Indonesian dish.  We learnt how the rice gets it’s kuning (yellow) colour, prepared the vegetables and used banana leaves to create the cones of rice before decoration and adding colour and flavour to our own preferences before sharing the food as a community. We heard lots of new names in English and Bahasa Indonesian and smelled and tasted so many different ingredients including turmeric and the fragment pandan leaves that are used so much here in Bali for cooking and in ceremonies.

All Early Years (Geckos, Starlings and Kindy) parents are invited to join their children and classroom teachers for a fun potluck style breakfast on Wednesday, August 29th from 8:15 am-9:30 am. It is a lovely chance to connect with the other parents and welcome new families while enjoying some great food together.

Please bring something healthy to share. (Fruit, healthy baked goods or pre-made smoothies are great!) We are unable to heat/cook anything there so whatever you bring should be ready to eat. We will provide banana leaf plates and some cutlery but please bring your own serving utensils. Please label your food if it is vegan-friendly or nut-free to accommodate dietary preferences. The breakfast will take place in the Kindy outside eating area and children will be welcome to play inside or outside (in the Kindy area) during that time. We hope you can make it!

Lastly, We would like to introduce you to our new Parent Class Ambassadors Ibu Kauri – Ruri’s Mum, Pak Jamie – Georgia’s Dad with additional back up support from Pak Matt – Amalya’s Dad when an extra hand is needed. They will be contacting you shortly themselves to say hello and are a team to help organise events and support the class and families in Kindy.

Don’t forget that next week there is no school on Wednesday 22nd August for Eid Al-Adha.

Have a lovely, long weekend,

The Kindergarten Team


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