This week we celebrated Harmony Day and National Close the Gap Day. This gave the children an opportunity to learn more about other cultures, particularly local Indigenous culture.
We began the week listening to some Indigenous music and examining what we thought the music was about. Some of the children suggested it reminded them of the water. We talked about how the man was an Indigenous man and was singing in an Indigenous language. Later in the week, we looked at a book which discussed why Australia is beautiful; Why I Love Australia. This book has been written and illustrated by Indigenous artist, Bronwyn Bancroft. More Indigenous stories will be introduced to the children in a meaningful way throughout the year.
In addition to this, the children have been looking at the globe and pictures of maps to gain an understanding of where they are from in the world. The children gave Jess and Fiona the names of the countries they knew and tried to identify Australia on the map. This is a big concept and one which we will revisit during the year as well as next week. The aim of this is to assist the children in gaining a greater understanding of the world around them. This also introduces them to other cultures, celebrations and languages.
Finally, we have been examining what happens when we feel sad. This has been particularly important as some children have expressed feelings of sadness recently. We read the book, When I’m Feeling Sad and discussed ways we can help someone else if they feel sad. Jess and Fiona have been impressed with how the children have embraced assisting the other children when they feel sad. Generally the children will ask each other what is wrong and offer hugs. This usually results in the sad child smiling and laughing.
Thank you to those parents who have emailed me or given me photos of their child and the child’s family. Could those who have not, endeavour to bring them before the end of term, it will be very much appreciated.
Jess and Fiona