Celebrating Our Australia

Greenwood Early Education Centres wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, and show our respect to elders both past and present.

Australia Day is a time to embrace and be grateful for everything that makes our country spectacular. It also is a time to learn more about our shared rich history, culture and the defining factors that make us all proud to be Australian.

In the space of Early Education we have a responsibility to develop global minded individuals as we support the way our Children ‘connect and contribute to their world’ (DEEWR, 2009). This week we are exposing our children to a breadth of cultural experiences, in an effort to help build their understanding and knowledge of the nation they call home.

Our Australia Day celebrations will start with learning some typical Australian sports led by our Sports Educator, Brendan Capello, forming part of our G Active Program. This will not only broaden our Children’s understanding of Australian sports but also encourage the physical activity and movement of their bodies as they learn new skills and coordinate their actions to each game.

Our G Talent Program will see the Children learn some iconic Australian songs including, Kookaburra sits in the old Gum tree, and Home Among the Gum Trees. As they explore these songs the Children will explore the musical concepts of beat, tempo, pitch and volume, whilst exploring the meaning which underpins each musical stanza.

Our Preschoolers will then unleash their creative spark as they create some Australian inspired designs on their own kites, before a Kite flying afternoon session, which will see them each engage with G Earth as they develop their knowledge of wind and how it lifts objects.

Food ultimately is an enriching part of any culture and Australia is no exception. This year we are stepping beyond our beloved vegemite on toast and exploring something a little more traditional … baking damper! With the help from our talented inhouse chefs, your children will use their G Knowledge and G Whiz skills as they learn about the ingredients and begin measuring them in the creation of Australia’s most iconic bread.

Why not try making some at home. Experiment with lemon myrtle, rosemary, spiced apple, honey and cinnamon, pumpkin, spinach & feta, parmesan cheese & oregano – savoury or sweet the options are endless and the results completely morrish!

Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), (2009), Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Australia: Commonwealth of Australia.

Author: G8 Education

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