Each kinder session we have mat time at least once. Mat time involves all of the children sitting together on the mat discussing important, relevant topics, singing songs, playing games and listening to stories. Mat time will occur after we have transitioned from outside to inside or when we have packed up. Together we sing “Everybody sitting just like me” and then we go through what we need to remember on the mat – legs crossed, turning our listening ears on, our looking eyes to Jess and our mouths “shoooosh”. We practise this exact same routine at the beginning of each mat time. This assists the children to understand what is expected of them and allows them time to settle in to the routine. Sometimes we also hold hands to make a circle on the mat which is a lovely way for the children to see each other’s faces and feel part of a group. Generally during one of the mat times we will do some calming exercises which involve breathing and using our whole bodies. Children of this age need assistance to regulate their emotions and yoga or meditation type activities are a wonderful way of focussing on the task at hand along with listening to their bodies. During mat time, the children are asked to put their hands up when they have something to say. This action requires a lot of reminding as it is particular to just this context. This also encourages turn taking, listening to each other and valuing what each child has to say. During mat time, the children are called upon to answer questions or to volunteer suggestions of their own – this empowers the children to take control of their learning and to place value in it.