This morning during group time we were discussing tomorrow's celebration, Australia Day. Firstly we asked the children "What sort of things do you want to do on Australia Day?" I went around the circle listening to all the children's answers. As most of them were unsure of what to say, we decided to assist with their responses by saying things like the beach, a barbecue etc. After this we read an aboriginal story in which our children were really engaged in. We also brought in some Australia themed decorations such as games a ball and a sun hat which took the interest of Marlee. Eloise and Jack also liked the hat. Hunter enjoyed the hat a lot running around with it on for ages. For decorations in our room we simply printed out some Australian flags and kangaroos. Overall, the children thoroughly enjoyed our activities today and learning about our country.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Elements: 2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation. Children were engaged learning about Australia and were involved in their physical and theory activities.
This learning experience can be linked to Maslow's theories. He believes that if educators help children to meet their physical and emotional needs that they will grow into strong, resilient, competent adults.
To set this up we discussed the fact that Australia Day was tomorrow and the children and their families may be celebrating in some way and therefore wanted to incorporate in todays activities and group time. In the morning we printed out Australian flags to represent our theme for today, read an aboriginal book we had and brought in some Australian themed toys/costumes for them to have fun with. Follow up: To continue with themed style activities.