Kindy teachers strike up fun with kids
WHILE teachers across the state were on strike yesterday it was business as usual for kindergarten teachers like Helen Dawson.
As university-trained teachers at Yeppoon C&K Kindergarten, Mrs Dawson said they came under a different award from their state school colleagues, and were not involved in the strike action.
So Mrs Dawson and the other three teachers working at the Yeppoon and District Kindergarten campuses had their hands full with the kindy kids as they continued with their play-based education program.
“The early years are such a vital time for children to learn,” Mrs Dawson said.
And she said making projects fun was how they taught them important life skills.
Mrs Dawson said they had been trying to reduce the rubbish collected at the end of the day, and they had different bins for food items for their chooks and worm farm, reusable containers for art work, recycling and rubbish.
“These children will never forget recycling because they have been participating in it.”
And other tasks they have been doing include planting their own seedlings and growing a vegetable garden.
The children were all excited recently to have chickens hatched with the aid of an incubator that was on loan from a former kindy parent.
Mrs Dawson said the children had all been counting down the days it took for the chickens to hatch.
“Literacy and numeracy occurs while they are engaged in play,” she said.