Today is Universal Children’s Day and a reminder to all of us that children are our future. We are very lucky to be living in Australia, a country that is not war stricken or starving. We need to remember the rights for all children…
Small Voices Big Dreams is one of the largest global polls of children’s views in the world. This year, to mark the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, over 6,000 children from 44 countries tell us why child rights are important to them.
These are some of the Prep thoughts…
“Children deserve respect.” – Akyra
“Children deserve kindness.” – Sara
“Children deserve fun.” – Diego
“Children deserve friends.” – Mitchell
“Children deserve to learn how to write.” – Ryan
“Children deserve food.” – Jess
“Children deserve to play.” – Nathan
“Children deserve happiness.” – Maheen
“Children deserve drink water.” – Ryan
“Children deserve hats because if their country is hot and sunny they need to protect their skin.” – Ruya
“Children deserve shelter.” – Sara
“Children deserve love.” – Maheen
“Children deserve food and water because they can’t survive otherwise.” – Thomas
“Children deserve to go to school.” – Lucy
“Children deserve respect.” – Grace
“Children deserve to survive.” – Manahil
“Children deserve mums and dads.” -Thomas
“Children deserve luck.” – Grace
“Children deserve love.” – Claudia
“Children deserve houses and homes.” – Thomas
“Children deserve a home.” – Sierra
The Preps have created a recipe for their Learning Agreement sessions. This was in reflection of the last few weeks Learning Agreement sessions and the focus needed on safety, respect and responsibility.
The children that did not participate in the swimming program this year did not miss out on all the fun, they had fun of their own!
Thinking of a mini project for the children that stayed behind was challenging. We didn’t want to work on our unit projects without everyone there and we had to think of something that was sustainable for the eight days of the swimming program and also something that we could share with our friends, allowing it to take a different form once the swimming had concluded.
Miss Waters came up with the idea to show the children the following clips of domino effect and chain reactions:
After watching the links the children were inspired to make their own constructions out of dominos and objects they found in the classroom. On the first day of the domino project the children created their own designs based on the inspiration they gained from watching youtube clips. The days that followed included working in small groups to construct their own ‘domino effect’ or ‘chain reaction’ and sketching their progress. In the last few days the children mainly used the dominos, linking their pathways together and sharing the anticipation of knocking over the first domino. Many children experienced situations that required determination, persistence and courage to keep building or rebuild fallen dominos. Their friendships were tested when dominos were knocked over and they questioned the presence of a ghost at times. Overall the children worked in teams, celebrating each others success and sharing the pain of persistence.
The children have decided to set up the dominos as an additional problem solving activity for the Maths Space in L.A. Here is a snap shot of our Domino Project: