To recognize the importance of Pride month we headed out on a whole center adventure to Woden Library where we had the opportunity to meet a lady named Toni Kola. She read us lots of stories that help us to understand different types of families that are in our community. It was such an awesome afternoon and sparked lots of conversations about types of families.
This week the Preschoolers and the Toddlers had the opportunity to visit Questacon in celebration of Science week!
The Preschoolers headed out on Wednesday and explored the power of wind! We experimented with using different angles to blow a beach ball up and through hoops at different heights. This turned out to be more difficult then we thought and it took lots of team work to be able to angle the blower correctly. A little further into our exploring we came across a space where we could build our own flying devices using paper cups and other bits of recycled paper. After we had finished construction we moved over to a massive table with a fan inside it so we could test out our creations. As we let each of the planes go they flew all the way up to the roof!
When we eventually made our way down to the last room we found a whole wall covered with pipes that had lots of wind going through them. We found some scarves and were able to push a flap open, put the scarves in and then watch them whizz around the pipes until they flew out the top for us to try and catch.
On Thursday it was time for the Toddlers to have some fun at Questacon! Although they headed there to mainly to explore Mini Q which explores water and pully systems there plans were altered as the children all had more of an interest in the robot that spoke to them as they arrived and then headed to find the natural environment room that explores earth quakes, lightning and how rainbows are made. We all loved being able to experience what an earthquake would feel like in the simulator. We discovered that we shook more when we were sitting down and we felt like wiggly jelly.
This year Katharine and Jess had the opportunity to travel all the way to the Gold Coast to take part in a 3 day Bush Leader Course. During this training they received the confidence boost and knowledge we needed to help us create our own bush kindy program. They learnt different safety procedures, how to use different tools, tips to create policies and procedures and gave lots of ideas and perspectives for different types of experiences.
During the time away they also were lucky enough to attend a session in an already established bush kindy program where they could observe how educators engaged with the children, how the children responded to the space they were in and ask as many questions as they could think of.
When they finally came back from training there were lots of ideas and knowledge to share with everyone and we were ready to take our next step in our bush kindy journey