In the lead up to Anzac Day, Oz Education children learned about its significance and discover history and society which is part of our early learning program curriculum.
Through simple yet fun experiences, our little ones deepen their understanding of Anzac Day traditions, of what they see and hear – the dawn service, commemoration of soldiers and laying of the wreath.
At our Homebush centre, our inspiring educators brought our children outdoors to explore natural materials that could be used to make a wreath for Anzac Day. Our children enjoyed going outdoors and finding needle-like pine leaves which they felt were ‘thin’, ‘pointy’ and ‘easy to bend’. Indoors, they worked together to decorate a homemade empty wreath with red cupcake cases and the materials they found.
Children at our Tuggerah centre had a fun messy time baking Anzac cookies with their friends and educators and enjoying their handy work at afternoon tea.
Building on their interest in Anzac Day, Oz Education educators read and discussed the moving story ‘My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day by Catriona Hoy and Benjamin Johnson with the children. They learnt how Anzac Day is commemorated and why we remember those who gave their lives for their country from the point of view of a little girl. The colourful illustrations ignited their curiosity which led to interesting discussions about the pre-dawn Anzac Day parade and service, further building their literacy and listening skills.
Throughout the week, every Oz Education child participated in Anzac Day inspired crafts. In a sensory and manipulative play craft, our children had fun decorating paper plate poppies while having conversations about ANZAC Day and those who have made sacrifices for us and our world:
“Poppies are red.”
“We wear them on ANZAC Day.”
“To remember our heroes.”
“We’re proud to see our children engaged in the various Anzac Day activities with their educators through a combination of play and project-based activities. They learn about history and culture, but most all what it means to work together,” says Raeda Raaj, Centre Director of Oz Education Auburn. “They also learn that we can work together to commemorate Anzac Day when families have to be apart this year, by standing together in our homes to commemorate Anzac Day.”