For our group time this morning I continued on with this weeks Reconciliation week activities. As our Joey children are quite young I thought I would introduce to them the Dilly bag here the children one by one put their hands into the Dilly bag and bring out an Australian animal. Pilar went first and she picked the Koala bear, she was too funny she gave it a big hug. Elya picked out a frog and she immediately jumped like a frog. Nathan found a turtle and he had the biggest smile when he pulled it out to show everyone. Kavith pulled out the Kangaroo he looked at it and when I asked if he would like to show everyone he turned his head away, Lucas was not having a bar of it he looked inside the bag then pulled back saying" No" but the funny thing was he kept going around the other children to see what they were bringing out. Sean brought out the snake and he loved it saying "snake, snake" while wiggling it around. Hunter also picked out a snake making a hissing sound. Abuk didn't like the bag but loved the idea of looking into the bag but still not wanting to bring anything out. Ayiik came over to join in but was not interested in the activity. Elliot found a great big snake and he loved it when I wiggled it in front of him. Jayden wasn't too fussed either but when I showed her the spiky ant-eater she took that with delight. Aarvi picked out a Goanna and looked up at me with a big smile. The children and Educators then talked about the types of animals the children picked out and what they may eat or the sounds they make.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. It is a great social experience where children can learn to communicate with others, work cooperatively and use their language skills to socialize, play an create.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believes that children need to be able to see, touch, taste, smell, move and hear the things they are learning about. This is called concrete learning.
Critical Reflection: This experience was age appropriate for our little one's. Here we disscussed what the animals may eat or what sounds they make as well as engaging children into an experience that they may not feel comfortable with yet. We also engage children into songs and rhymes to end our grouptime experience. Follow up: Introduce other animals.