Term 2 has found our Gentle Fairy Wrens group more settled, used to the daily and weekly rhythms and taking ownership of their learning environment. Outdoor play has been wonderful on these special autumn days. While the fairy wrens, magpies, and honeyeaters fill our garden with their colours and songs, the children have been busy climbing the mulberry tree, cooking mud and sand cakes, building roads and tunnels in the sandpit, making leafy worm houses in the garden beds, picking flowers, seeds and little fruits as ingredients for all the yummy dishes they cook in our busy cubby house cafe, and much more. They have been harvesting Madagascar beans which we cooked and tasted at the end of Week 1, and they also love finding tasty mint to eat.
The inside play has also been rich and creative, with children engaging in all sorts of imaginative group play while planning and creating more prolonged scenarios. We have been having so much fun with our autumn circle and story, and we have learnt new Bundjalung words in a much-enjoyed movement song where guruhman (kangaroo), gabul (carpet python), gahgun (kookaburra), wajung (dolphin) and miwing (sea eagle) come to play.
The children loved our visit to Crystal Creek where they experimented with floating sticks, looked for fairies, and saw ‘a fox’s footprint'. 'Or maybe it was a wombat’s? Oh wait, did someone say a bear’s?’
We've planned a visit to the School Library where the librarian will tell us a story, and the children can choose some picture books to borrow for our Preschool room’s library. This will be a great opportunity for exploration of the children’s local environment and connection with the school community, similar to our visits to the creek and the Farm, and also a fun way to help our little learners develop curiosity, cooperation, imagination, enthusiasm, inquiry, and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active participation in the school community.
Karina Carvalho Barbosa
Gentle Fairy Wrens Preschool Group