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. We sit together and practise crossing our legs and turning on our listening ears. The children know that it is Jess’s turn to talk on the mat and we are learning to put our hand up if we 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. We generally sit in a circle or in a formation which means we can see each other’s faces and feel part of a group. In order to remember this routine, we practise it at the beginning of each mat time. This allows the children the time to settle in to the routine. As the year progresses more will be expected of the children during mat time. These sessions at the moment generally go for 5 minutes and we will build on it through the year. Typically 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.