A new initiative in the ELC this year is ‘Shared Learning’. This takes place every Wednesday afternoon and all 3 classes participate. Shared learning is a time for children to expand their relationships with both peers and staff and to develop their emerging autonomy. Five activities are offered in five separate spaces (3 x classrooms, kitchen and deck). The children have the opportunity to choose which activity they would like to participate in. Activities include cooking, puppet making, story-telling and open ended play and often focus on teacher led learning areas such as our recent focus on Anzac Day.
Last week in Shared Learning Nikki Cazaz, a Year 11 student who volunteers in the ELC each week, presented to the children on Anzac Day. Nikki, a budding Early Years educator, did a wonderful job informing nearly sixty 3 and 4 year olds on the history and importance of Anzac Day. She read them the lovely story ‘Lest We Forget’ that helps young children to begin to understand the significance of this commemorative day. Following Nikki’s presentation some of the children made Anzac biscuits and Anzac day wreaths.
Shared Learning is a wonderful time for cross age group relationship building and peer learning. It’s also an excellent opportunity for parents to be involved in our program. Please let staff know if you’d like to participate any Wednesday afternoon.
by Amanda Cooke, ELC Coordinator/Pre-Prep B Teacher