This week we were excited to engage in some learning about autumn and Anzac Day.
A lot of the children had noticed the change in the weather but mostly, the changes in the leaves on the trees outside due to autumn. At group time we each chose a leaf and we examined it closely. The children noted the different colours of the leaves; some were yellow, some were brown and some were a few colours. One child identified that this was due to autumn and the leaves change colour. We talked about how the leaves also felt different; the brown leaves were “crunchy” and fell apart in our hands, whereas the yellow and green ones were “stronger”. We then discussed how the leaves fell from our hands onto the ground. The children hypothesised as to whether the leaves would fall fast or slowly. Then we tested our guesses. Finally, we pretended to be leaves ourselves, whirling around in the wind and falling to the ground. We noticed that when we went outside again during the next session, the children were more observant of the different leaves and the wind.
Anzac Day is on Saturday and this presented a good opportunity to bake some Anzac biscuits and learn more about the day. Jess was wearing an Anzac Day badge and the children asked her about. This began a general discussion about what had happened. This is a good example of listening to the child’s question which needs to be done when discussing serious events such as a war with the children. The children would indicate how much detail was necessary for them by asking more questions. Most were satisfied with the explanation that we were remembering a big war (a fight between adults) from a long time ago. We made the Anzac biscuits as a group, each child having the opportunity to measure or sift and mix. The children seem to really enjoy cooking experiences so we will be engaging in cooking experiences every second Monday. Finally, we watched a reading of My Grandad Marches on ANZAC Day while eating our biscuits.
Jessica and Karen