The children and educators at Runaway Bay Kindyland are having a wonderful time celebrating NAIDOC week.
The educators have provided so many natural provocations for the children to become immersed in. We have been listening to beautiful music created over time by indigenous people and reading Dreamtime stories like “When the snake bites the sun” which tells us about sunrise and sunset.
The children have learned that Dreamtime stories are told to each generation in order to keep the stories alive. These stories are told about stars, land, animals, bush tucker, hunting and ancestors through song, paintings and dance. We have some very creative little dancers at kindy, so this has been very popular.
Aboriginal art symbols are used to help tell these stories of history and culture, so the children have enjoyed collecting rocks and painting beautiful symbols on them. They have used them to create their own stories as well as make natural sorting collections to add to their rooms.
It is important that we educate ourselves to feel confident in passing on knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to children in a meaningful and informed way so they can celebrate the benefits of diversity and have an ability to understand an honour differences.