- Posted: 3 June, 2019
- by Armstrong Creek East Children’s Centre
It was National Reconciliation Week – Grounded in Truth……Walk Together With Courage…… It was lovely to honour this important date for all Indigenous Australians. It is through engaging in meaningful conversations, facilitating experiences and instilling a sense of awareness of cultural perspectives and integrating this topic into our daily curriculum that we promote inclusion and acceptance to the future generations. “In true reconciliation, through the remembering, the grieving and the healing we can come to terms with our conscience and become as one in the dreaming of this land. ” Evelyn Scott Chairperson, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, 27 May 2000.
Thank you so much to parents that went above and beyond collecting autumn treasures with the children. We are having so much joy exploring the stunning tree barks, pine cones, different colour, shapes and texture leaves, flowers, feathers, pumice and rocks. Those resources are being admired, described, painted, decorated and loved. Thank you.
A big part of our program is having “children’s voices”. Our group times are about questioning, listening and sharing ideas to empower the children in making decisions about their learning and cementing that sense of belonging. After last weeks desire to explore the cold weather outside and all the lovely wet areas, this has extended our learning about nature, recycling, and looking after our living things. We are continuing to expand the group’s knowledge about the way in which the world works and how we can care for our environment. Thank you so much for sharing your recycled items with us. Please feel free to get involved in any part of our program, sharing ideas, resources or joining us for an experience.
The children have explored the rain puddles outside by jumping in them, scooping, pouring and mixing. Testing their physical limits has also been a keen interest with footy games and running games. It was lovely seeing gumboots, raincoats, jackets and umbrellas being used. Through the active exploration of the environment, all children are provided with the opportunity to explore, make discoveries, challenge themselves, solve problems, ask questions, revisit prior learning and to follow their own interests. Great job children.
To acknowledge our First Australians, the children had the opportunity to explore how artistic designs and symbols are used to convey stories and messages.
“There is no written language for Australian Aboriginal People so in order to convey their important cultural stories through the generations it is portrayed by symbols/icons through their artwork and is a way to pass on information to preserve their culture. These vary from region to region, and are generally understood to form an important part of Australian Indigenous art. Symbols are traditionally used as an important part of contemporary Aboriginal art. The Aboriginal people have for thousands of years used artistic designs and symbols to convey stories and messages which are incredibly important in their culture” – Aboriginal Art Australia
Through this experience, children develop an awareness of different ways Aboriginal people interact and communicate, in particular, using symbols to convey stories and messages.