Pet Education came to visit us at kinder! Lidia and her Papion Dog taught us some valuable lessons about dog safety. We learnt how to say ‘hello’ to a dog and through visuals 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
Lidia ‘What do we do if an angry dog comes up to us’?
Through 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 the Papion 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 dog masks 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 children received a worksheet and stickers to take home.
We continue with healthy eating and lifestyle choices. This week we have focused on teeth and how we look after them. Our story has been about Peter who wanted to meet his friends before kindergarten. He did not have time for breakfast and instead of breakfast, he has lollies. Snack food at kinder is healthy, not like the sticky, sweet lollies Peter has been eating. We have learnt about the foods with lots of sugar which are not good for our teeth and that’s why Peter had to go to the dentist. A real dentist will be coming to the kindergarten to check the children’s teeth and give us some helpful information about dental health later in the year.
Our Easter celebrations have begun and we are looking forward to the Easter bunny coming to visit us at the end of Term 1.
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