In the Koala room, we have focussed largely on Harmony Day and discussions of emotions, particularly sadness.
We began the week listening to an Indigenous cd of music. We discussed how the man who sang the songs was an Indigenous man and these people were first people of Australia. This is a big concept for the children to understand and will be further examined through stories, songs and pictures. The reason for this discussion is to introduce the children to Indigenous culture within Australia and to begin discussions of different cultures that live within Australia. We have also looked at a book called Why I Love Australia, written and illustrated by Indigenous artists Bronwyn Bancroft. By introducing Indigenous culture in these ways, it makes it more accessible for the children. Added to this, we will examine the different cultures within the room.
The other focus of the week was discussing our emotions and how we deal with them. This is a crucial part of the children’s development. According to early childhood theorists, explaining the validity of all emotions assists in children understanding them and regulating them. We read a book called When I’m Feeling Sad. This book talked about what it feels like when you feel sad and suggests ways that help us to feel better. Within the group we came up with a list of helpful ways to deal with our feelings of sadness. Currently they involve things the individual can do to alleviate these feelings. In the future, we would like the other children to assist the unhappy child to feel better. Additionally, we discussed how we need to express our feelings in words so everyone knows what is wrong. This is often the most difficult part for children of this age as finding the vocabulary can be difficult. However, this is something which will develop throughout the year and will be guided by the educators.
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