Pet Education came to visit us at kinder! Lidia and her dog Inky taught us some valuable lessons about dog safety. We learnt how to say ‘hello’ to a dog and through visuals so we could recognise the signs when not to touch e.g. when a dog is eating, sleeping or not with an owner on a lead.
Our motto was No owner, No lead, No touch
Through and interactive song and actions we learnt to stand still, keep your hands down, stay quiet as a mouse, look at the ground and slowly back away.
The best part was being able to pat Inky the dog but the children had to demonstrate doing this in the ‘right’ way. Standing at a distance you ask the owner ‘May I pat your dog’? If the owner says yes we slowly walk up to the dog with our arm out and fingers curled into a ball to let the dog have a sniff. Then we are able give a gentle pat on the back.
The Pet education gave us special cd so we could practice how to approach dogs in our room. The children learn a lot through role-play by observing one-another and copying the same actions/movements. The scenarios would change and the children had to make important decisions about their safety in a range of situations. For example a dog is tied up outside the shop...should we pat the dog? No because there is no owner. A dog is growling and we can see his teeth...should we pat the dog? No because his feeling angry. All the afternoon children received a worksheet and stickers to take home (we will continue on Tuesday) for the children who missed out. We learnt a lot last Friday and even the children who were are little scared and hesitant at first found the experience safe and rewarding.
Last week we started practising our cutting skills using shapes, we have also been looking closely at patterns and playing lots of ‘memory games’. This week we are starting outside- and we will begin looking at our garden patch and decide what we should ‘grow’.
Extended Hours Kindergarten
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona