Throughout term two, due to many families choosing to self isolate because of Covid concerns, the three-year-old group's learning took two parallel journeys. The resilience of the children learning at kinder and those learning from home, at this time was amazing! Bonds of communication and connectedness were forged and maintained through photos, shared learning stories and videos.
The learning focus within the kinder room revolved around the seasons changing from summer, to autumn, to winter and the kinder environment. Our investigations focussed on our local flora, fauna and mini-beasts in our gardens. During the cooler months while much of our indigenous wildlife such as Blue Tongue lizards hibernated, the children observed that many little creatures were still active in the garden. Our online learning modules reflected this learning with activity topics such as 'Autumn leaf artists', 'Garden Explorers', 'Insect and Mini-beast Scientists'.
We balanced these STEM learning modules with wonderful imaginative play activities, using children's family and home environments as our provocations, such as 'Teddy's Tea Party' which encompassed reinforcing our learning about sharing, social play, and counting. Our learning focus, 'Camping , Cubbies and Bonfires' had the children using their imaginations to be designers, builders and problem solvers to create cubbies inside and outside, by repurposing items from their homes. A big thank you has to be said to all the families for being proactive in all the group's wellbeing during this time.
My favourite poem says it all...
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two
The clay they used was a young child's mind
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher, the tools she used were books,
Music and art.
One was a parent with a guiding hand and a
Gentle loving heart.
Each agreed they would have failed if they had
For behind the parents stood the teacher,
And behind the teacher, the home.