WEEK 18TH – 21ST MARCH 2014.
Our week started off with a visit from Lydia and her little dog “Ted” who came to us as part of the Responsible Pet Education Programme – a free Government initiative. The Programme is aimed at teaching children how to be responsible around dogs, and how to approach or not approach dogs they may meet, and what to do if they meet an angry dog. The parents were also given the opportunity to talk with Lydia about children and dogs. “Ted” is a Papillion dog which is French for butterfly, as his ears look like butterfly wings. He was a beautifully mannered, friendly little dog, who even had his own little house to wait in until it was his turn.
Lydia discussed what the children need to do if they saw dogs in different circumstances, and not to approach a dog who is – not with it’s owner, tied up, asleep, sick, feeding, or looking after it’s puppies. She taught the children- “no owner – no lead – no touch” .We sang songs and played games about being near dogs, and the children learnt – if an angry dog comes up to you – “stand very still, quiet as a mouse, hands by your side, and look at the ground, then when the dog has gone away slowly walk backwards” – never run away, or the dog will chase you. Also you must always ask the owner’s permission to pat their dog. The children were all able to have a turn to pat Ted, which they all did. Over the next few days we practiced these techniques and the songs, and the children were very good at remembering.
On Thursday , Andrew (Ewan’s Dad) came to Kindergarten and worked in the vegetable garden with the children and planted lots of vegetables with them – lettuce, broccoli, peas, radish, silver beet, spinach, beetroot, basil, oregano, and chocolate mint – what a yummy selection! Many of these plants and seeds originated in Greece – aren’t we lucky. The children were very enthusiastic, and helped to plant and then water the seeds and seedlings. Each day we have continued to water our garden, we will look after them carefully and look forward to watching them grow, then we will be able to pick them and cook with them. Thank you Andrew for doing this and we will look forward to his advice throughout the year. Gardening , then using the grown produce is a wonderful learning experience for the children. Our vegetable garden is a shared experience for all the children and all the groups, we will all be learning how to be excellent gardeners.
What a busy week! What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.