On Friday we celebrated Clean Up Australia Day. This tied in well with our interest in the sea and sea creatures. Our room has a bit of a sea theme at the moment in response to our interest in all animals. This has led to many discussions at mat time about the sea and looking after the animals that live in it.
Some of the children have a particular interest in stingrays; when there was a discussion about rubbish in the water, this led to an example of how the stingray would be unable to sting its prey if the rubbish got caught on its tail. This demonstrates an understanding of how our actions as humans can impact on animals. The children showed enthusiasm when Jess suggested that we engage in Clean Up Australia Day on Friday. We found books which related to recycling and the destination of rubbish after it leaves our homes. The children were particularly interested in the trucks and machinery which were used. We learnt about how to sort rubbish and which items were recyclable and went in the bin with the green recycling symbol at kinder. It would be fantastic to find out how you all recycle at home, if you would like to share! This topic is important for the children to learn about as it connects them to the wider community and sets them up for a greater understanding and empathy for the world surrounding them.
The children are becoming busier within the room whilst we are inside. This has been partly due to them settling in and also due to the introduction of more complex learning experiences. These learning experiences require higher order thinking from the children and greater cooperation with others. We have also begun to play more structured games with the children which need longer concentration and teach the children turn taking.