|Aurora Early Learning Centre
This week we are participating in the Early Childhood Education Week Program. This program is a great opportunity for Educators to showcase their important role in the Early Childhood Sector and to promote that "play is educational".
So what does it mean? The early years education and care service plays a significant role in the community, educating and caring for our children. Early Childhood Education Week is a wonderful opportunity to continue raising the public profile of the quality service being delivered to children, their families and broader community.
This morning the children sat with Miss Sana and discussed their ideas and suggestions of what kindness mean to them. Miss Sana showed the children some visual scenarios of acts of kindness with their peers. She then wrote down the children's ideas of what it means to them. From here we extended on as a focus group the children where encouraged to say something nice and kind about the person was sitting next to them. This is a great example of the children building upon their confident social and emotional skills as well as fostering sympathy and respect towards each other as peers in the classroom.
The children then extended on their circle time listening to some beautiful dream time stories such as "Wannayarra the rainbow snake" and "The Snake that bit the Sun". The children where very curious about the stories and enjoyed looking at the lovely indigenous illustrations painted by the children from the indigenous community. To extend on this experience Miss Sana set up a snake and boomerang threading and weaving experience for the children to build upon their motor skills and to reflect on their own understanding of the concept of the dream time stories.
On the exploration table the children used glass jars and tongs to pick and choose the coloured small and large pom poms. The children had a great time creating colourful layers inside the jars and sharing and turn taking with the tongs. The preschoolers also used the wooden sorting logs alongside the smooth coloured stones the children enjoyed matching and sorting the colours.
This is a great example of the children fostering their critical thinking skills as well as being investigative and curious learners through their play.