This week we have followed up on our visit by the Responsible Pet Education about safety near dogs.. We held discussions about this at mat time and the children remembered all they had been told – so it was a valuable and meaningful experience for them. We practiced the rules – No Owner – No Lead – No Touch, when to not go near dogs – We let him be! - and what to do if an angry dog comes up to you –stand very still, hands by your sides, quiet as a mouse, and look at the ground, then walk slowly backwards when the dog has gone away. We sang the songs about these rules , listened to the C.D. they gave us, and read the book about it. Next week we will talk about what other things dogs do in our community.
The children have drawn wonderful self portraits of themselves, and this week we also made handprints of each child – these are up on display in our room, and we acknowledge that the children are developing a sense of their own identity – being part of a group, but being important individuals as well, which is part of the Early Learning Years Development Framework : Being ( children living here and now- children need to just “be”) – Belonging (children feel they belong because of the relationships they develop with the family, community and culture) and – Becoming (about the learning and development that children experience). The Kindergarten experience is a very valuable and important part of this learning.
At Kindergarten we have always encouraged the children to be interested in and aware of nature and what is happening in the world all around them – we have a nature table in our room which always houses our stick insect and whatever else we may find that is interesting, and that we can learn about. This week the table has been overflowing , and the children have become very excited about things they have discovered at Kindergarten, and which have been the basis for many discussions and learning opportunities. The children found some snails and some black beetles in the playground, and also a tiny lizard walking across our floor. We were also very surprised and excited to discover that a cocoon the children have been observing (that came on the gum leaves to feed the stick insect) had hatched and we noticed a beautiful , delicate butterfly . We also discovered that the stick insect has started to lay eggs – what an exciting discovery. An awareness of and respect for all small creatures, and learning how they live and fit into our world, is an opportunity to teach the children that everything and every body is important, and that we need to look after our world. If you find anything interesting , bring them to Kindergarten for us to learn about.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.