From little things...big things grow...
We started out with a group of small eggs and our silkworm have now almost completed their life cycle! We watched as the silk worms continually munched their way through a heavy stream of mulberry leaves and with each devoured leaf, the silkworms would grow. The children marvelled at their growth and we learnt about the best way to care for our new pet. Many children donated homes for the silkworms as we found they would need space to begin the spinning of their cocoons. We now have several cocoons made by the silk worms and we await the emerging silkmoths to come!
Following this we will see the silkmoths mate and lay more eggs. Stay tuned!
8th November 2016
Claire from South Yarra Dental joined us for a session on caring for your teeth and gums. She asked us about how we care for our teeth and some Possums had sound advice and personal stories - “You have to brush your teeth twice a day” “My brother has lost a tooth” are some examples. Claire advised us that the very best way to brush your teeth is to brush up and down and in circles (not side to side as some may assume!). She showed us on Charlie the crocodile and discussed the importance of using the right way to care for your teeth and gums. Claire talked about what is needed to make your teeth strong. We practised good technique on Charlie and all the children were given the chance to have their teeth checked with a report sent home!
15th - 18th November 2016
The Goanna! What a creature! Can walk right up walls (very spiderman-like), spends his days lazing around sunning away on a hot rock. Lucky thing! We explored the Goanna through 2 different dreamtime stories. “Goanna and his Stripes” which explained the mystery behind the goanna’s wonderfully patterned skin. And “Giruwu the Goanna” (via YouTube) a dreamtime story which explores how the water came to be on Giruwu land. The moral of this story centres around the importance of sharing. Dreamtime stories have been very useful in exploring the children to indigenous culture while also focusing on a variety of Australian animals. As we watch or listen to these stories I explain to the children the way Aboriginal people use these stories to explain their beliefs, and that many people have very different beliefs. Indigenous stories are very unique and we are thankful to Aboriginal people for passing on and recording these stories which allows for us to use them today.