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As part of our celebrations of Harmony Day the Pre-K boys were treated to a special performance from the Wandana Aboriginal group.
The boys looked fabulous in their mufti, harmony day inspired orange, red and yellow clothing and were very excited as we made our way to the gym. Not even the wet weather could stop us from seeing this performance.
We were introduced to Isaac and Hayley who ran the workshop starting off with an introduction to colour mixing where we witnessed different colours of ochre in a coolamon bowl. White, black and yellow is for everyone whilst black is made of charcoal and red is for men only. The boys were then able to get their faces painted, a line across the face representing the mountains and the dots the connection to water.
Hayley showed us a boomerang and explained how children use them as a toy for fun and games. They are also called ‘the comeback’ or ‘returning boomerang’. We then were shown a kangaroo skin which can be used as a blanket, jacket, skirt, umbrella or raincoat.
To finish off our session the boys got to see a multitude of symbols that are used in aboriginal culture. We hope that the boys shared with you their experience and thank Wandana for taking the time to share their knowledge with us.
“Four! I rolled a four! 1, 2, 3, 4. Oh no! I landed on the snake’s head!”
Looking for some holiday entertainment? Snakes and ladders, Twister, Uno, Snap, Connect-4, Trouble, Bingo and Memory Games are a great place to start.
Throughout the term, we have encouraged our young learners to play board games. We believe that board games provide a rich opportunity for learners to develop multiple skills and continue to master them. The Primary Years Programme focuses on developing ‘Skills’ these skills are called, Approaches to Learning. Board games promote the use of all five Approaches to Learning.
5 Reasons to Play Board Games:
Board games help to develop Thinking Skills such as evaluation and making decisions. Players need to consider options throughout the game and make informed decisions whilst applying knowledge from other contexts. They are required to combine knowledge and skills to solve problems and progress in the game. For example, ‘Snakes and Ladders’ requires number sense, counting, recognising numbers.
Some board games require planning. Players need to make predictions about the outcome of their choices and plan accordingly. Board games such as Bingo, Snap, and memory games use sorting and categorising. Players need to synthesise and interpret information and put it into order.
Board games promote the exchange of information as well as literacy skills. Players need to listen to each other, ask questions, or listen to relevant information such as a description. Some games require players to read and write or draw. Depending on the game, players may read words on a card or draw to communicate. Pictionary is a wonderful example of this.
Many people have childhood memories of the Monopoly board being flipped out of frustration or a player storming off because they wholeheartedly believe they won without cheating. There is nothing like a board game to even out the playing field for social skills.
Board games encourage players to regulate their own emotions and display self-control. This builds toward emotional intelligence and learning what triggers frustration. Board games also provide an opportunity to respect and support others, especially team-based games where players work cooperatively towards a common goal. Taking turns and adopting different roles (jobs) throughout the game promotes social intelligence and there is no doubt that opportunities to resolve conflict appear. With the help of an adult, children can be guided through these difficult moments and slowly learn to manage themselves.
Self Management Skills
The aim of the game may be to reach the treasure trove first. This is a simple example of goal setting. Players work towards achieving short term goals and display perseverance to achieve that goal. They are often faced with barriers and challenges, setbacks and disappointments, poor rolls of the dice or an unlucky turn of a card. In these moments, players require persistence and resilience to overcome these obstacles and continue on towards their goal.
Over the Easter Holidays, the Pre-Kindergarten team would like to encourage you to play board games with your family. Maybe you could make a special trip out of going to the shops to buy a new board game to play together. Feel free to share your board game experiences with us or send us recommendations for board games we could add to our collection at school.
During this term, the boys have been investigating the question, “Who is Jesus – his power and authority.” They have explored a series of miracles including healing the paralyzed man, calming the storm, feeding the 5000, and raising Lazarus. Over the next few weeks, they will be thinking about Easter and why Jesus died on the cross for us. They will be exploring the events of Easter through some drama and outside activities. They continue to use their thinking, research and communication skills to help them share their knowledge with their peers. The boys have also been learning a new song called “Be strong and Courageous” by Colin Buchanan. This week they will be learning the new song “He died on the cross” which helps us to reflect on Easter and its significance.
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