Planned: Event activity (NAIDOC week) Last week Ashleigh (Tilly's Mum) was kindly asked by educators if she would like to come in and read stories to the Koala Corner children during NAIDOC week, as she is of Aboriginal background, and the theme for this year was 'For Our Elders'. This morning, Ashleigh came in, and we gathered all the children to sit on the mat. We introduced Ashleigh and explained to the children that Ashleigh was here to continue our celebration of NAIDOC week and would be reading some Aboriginal storybooks. Ashleigh brought two books to read to the children; the first was called 'Kangaroos Hop' written by Ros Moriarty and illustrated by Balarinji. Ashleigh asked the children, "What animal can you see on the front of the book?" All the children shouted "A KANGAROO". Ashleigh said, 'So this story will be about a kangaroo". While Ashleigh was reading the book, I noticed the dot painting. Ashleigh explained to the children that "dot painting only came from parts of Australia". Ashleigh continued to explain and describe what each Australian animal does in the book. The children were great at recognizing all the animals and colours. The second book that Ashleigh brought in was called, "Who saw turtle?". Ashleigh started the book by asking the children, "Who has eaten a turtle before?" None of the children responded. Ashleigh began reading the book. The story was very interactive, and the children could make the sounds of the animals they saw with Ashleigh. After the story, Ashleigh asked all the children to move like the animal in the story. She asked the children, "Which book did you like the most?" Most of the children said, "Kangaroos Hop". At the end, the children and educators thanked Ashleigh for coming in and reading with us.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world Elements: 2.2 Children respond to diversity with respect. This learning experience can be linked to outcome two as the children learned about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and responded respectfully to diversity.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believes that children must be able to see, touch, taste, smell, move and hear what they are learning about. This is called 'concrete learning'.
Critical Reflection: It was wonderful to have Ashleigh here today to read to the children. The children were very engaged and interested in both stories. Ashleigh interacted with the children by asking them open-ended questions to get them to interact verbally with her. Ashleigh allowed the children to come closer to see the animals in the stories. There were many learning opportunities; the children were learning about animals, shapes, and colours and extending their vocabulary. Follow Up: Continue to celebrate NAIDOC with children and their families.