We went for a big walk today to the dry channel and the children had a lovely time running up and down the channel bank and sliding down on their bottoms. On our walk we found a huge pile of rubbish that someone had dumped there. Amongst the rubbish was a toy koala. Willie put the koala up in a tree. Then Cobi called out to Mrs Gayle, “Look, I’m a koala!” and she was wrapped around a tree. Later she was a kangaroo and a Tassie Devil.
Then we did some tree climbing. Aidan said “Mrs Grant I’m stuck. I can’t get down.” Jasper said “You can. Go backwards and be a brave boy.” And so he did!
We had a go at throwing boomerangs and spears as well as using the calling stick (ie telephone!)
Thank you to Willie for visiting us again and sharing your stories and culture. We told Willie how we read the Aboriginal Legend about “How the Murray River was made.” Willie knew it was made by the Rainbow Snake. Darcy said, “How did you know that?” Willie explained how the stories are passed through the generations. This is all amazing learning for the children.
Last week Darcy dug a very big hole in our sand pit. We filled it with water this week. It was very hot and we all had a paddle. The water went muddy. Cobi’s Mum said, “Oh what lovely mud!” This reminded us of Mrs Wish Washy. Today we watched the story of Mrs Wishy Washy on YouTube. We are connecting life experiences to stories – and this expands our knowledge of the world.
Today at Bush Kinder we played host to Mr T and the Grade 2/3 children from the school. It was very hot today and lots of flies until we got down to the salt lake. We found some more bones and we had fun running in the dry channel bank. Also special thanks to Brad who helped us for the two days.
Today our Koorie Cultural Expert, Willie joined us at the site. He helped us build cubbies and talked about his culture. Willie had a group of faithful followers around him all day.
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October is Bush Kinder month at Manangatang and District Pre School. In preperation for Bush Kinder we have set up a learning area with Australian animals, birds and plants for the children to use in pretend play. We have also included twigs, wood chips, pinecones, tent, mini people and some felt puppets.