teaching to learn, means learning to teach

Reconciliation week has just passed and I loved our stories, art activities and mock corroborees.

When it came to the culmination of our week, I wanted to make something special that we could display in our room and remember,  talk about again, play with again and extend on the concepts we’d learnt. But uh-oh, we didn’t have any brown paper! So what’s a girl to do, but put the kids to ‘work’ by asking them to paint some up for me!

Before too long we had far more paper than we’d need, which was also far more fun than using coloured paper!

After a bit of prep, the now-brown paper was stuck on to some cardboard shapes I’d cut out to look like people dancing. This was by far the hardest part to get organised for!

Once inside, we read the story of “White clay and the Giant Kangaroos”, which retells the legend of how the Aboriginal people of the Wiradjuri tribe found fire and how one man’s bravery made the white clay sacred.

The children followed me in an interpretive dance of the story, likened to that of a corroboree. We followed all this up by making our own dancing puppet people. Cutting out their ‘undies’,

painting their sacred markings with ‘white clay’ ,

decorating a didgeridoo, a piece of bush or fire hands like their characters called for

and attaching them to cardboard tubes.

A fairly complex activity, but well received and enthusiastically participated in by all 🙂

Once our puppets were dry, we took them for a dance outside. Re-creating our morning corroborees story with greater panache in the larger space. Because I was so fully immersed in the story and the moment, I completely forgot to take photos!

The theme this year was “Let’s talk Recognition”, inviting us to talk to our peers and to encourage us to relate how wonderful it feels to be recognised for a job well done, for a talent or an aspect of your personality that makes you who you are. To then take this thought and turn it around to see how wonderful it is to recognise other people for who they are.

Working with Kindy kids who are naturally open to exploring cultures and who have been celebrating positive behaviours and interactions with their “Warm and Fuzzy” sticker charts and through spontaneous play opportunities is a reward on its own.


Comments on: "Recognition for Reconciliation" (2)

  1. Oh those are so fabulous! It looks like it was a great and successful activity.

  2. one of the Kids, Miss Mother M, was wondering yesterday when she can take them home…she loves them so much!

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