Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Grace "We can put bacon in them."
Erin "banana and cake and bacon."
Isobel "Hokey Pokey. The chocolate makers make chocolate. This one has caramel in it and these ones lot's of fizzy. This flavour has the most flavour of all, hot chocolate. These ones are sour ones, sour moost."
Chocolate factories have been a reoccuring feature of the children's play at Hunter Park, so since one of our mum's, has a mum, who has a chocolate factory, we asked her if she could make some chocolates with us, and she could! Amanda melted the chocolate then put it in bowls of warm water to keep it liquid. Next the children spooned it into the molds she brought, with regular trips to rewash any fingers that happened to get licked.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Well we're up for it.
The five hour practise sessions every night after work ;) are grueling, but well worth it.
We've cleared the tables and measured out a regulation length on our polished floor, and brought out our bowling bowls and pins.
We'll be ready!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Here you can see we've borrowed the strandbeast frame (yes we're still working on that one) to test out how we can use gears to make the rotors spin faster. A big thankyou to those people who replied to our email about old bike parts, they should be very useful for getting the large version flying!
Sam's used some bearings from old ezyroller wheels for the rotor.
We waited Thursday and Friday, but no contacts. Then Monday we found one of our children Sam was online at home so we skyped him and talked to him and his dad about what he was going to do on the farm today. Then after a big chat and while we were talking to Sam, Eltham Kindergarten (where one of my nephews attends) called us.
Wow two contacts in one day! With the occassional technological hiccup, (like phone calls causing our link to drop, and the laptop periodically needing to be restarted so the video would work), we talked with them, shared our blogsite address (Hi Eltham!) and are now waiting for a recipe.
But it gets better, with a few phone calls we finished the afternoon by calling Dannevirke central.
Our children still aren't so sure about skyping or what to talk about, so we're going to keep making it available and see who calls us and how they start to use it as we all become more familiar.
Maybe as we get to know a broad network of kindergartens better we'll all be available and calling each other to ask questions of teachers and children with specialist knowledge, or even just chat with our online friends.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Then Adrianne and the children cut off the stalks and the Calyx.See they are like eating apples, and even have seeds inside you could grow a tree from.
Boil up the apples to make a pulp.
Cooled spoon it into Adrianne's mother's jelly bag.
No squeezing, no poking, no prodding, just let the juice drain.The juice was then measured into a pot.Next sugar was measured in. Then we boiled it up and Sharon (too hot for the children) spooned it into pots were it set nicely. Crab apple jelly is apparently very good with lamb, cheese or crackers.Also round the back lots of feijoas had dropped down too, so we gathered those and Adrianne and the children made a really yummy feijoa cake.
"Which way is the wind blowing?" I asked.
"This way, and this way, and this way, and this way."
Watching their hands it was clear the wind seemed to be coming from all directions at once. I explained how I needed to know if the wind would blow the plane towards the kindergarten or away from it, then showed the boys a simple way of measuring wind direction with a wet finger. When they returned they figured we'd have timeto get it later as the wind was blowing it back towards the kindergarten.Meanwhile outside Jo made a windsock. While the boys had lunch I asked them about the wind and the plane, and Jack looking out the window, was able to tell me which direction it was blowing from. When I asked how he knew, he pointed out the wind sock to me and explained how it worked. So I told him about weather vanes.
After lunch I asked Jack if he wanted to make a weather vane. He did but wasn't sure what one was still, so I showed him how I make one, then left him to it with the materials and mine to copy if he wanted. Later I put mine up,showed him and then Jack went to get his to put up too. Next he asked if he could take some photo's of them, so we found a camera and... Here's his shots. First of his one.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Adrianne, Sharon and myself all attended a meeting with the local new entrants teachers, where we reviewed the DVD "Getting Ready for School." It is well worth a look and we should have some copies for borrowing shortly. We'll try and arrange a parent evening to showcase it.
Clean up time, a suggestion has come in from a parent that we could probably use some parent help tidying up at the end of the day. We raised this at the committee, and as a result we will have a board up of ways parents can help out around the kindergarten up for people who are interested to read and help out with.