The Rainbow Serpent

We have been using the sand box in many ways, practising writing our name,drawing pictures of ourselves and practising writing our numbers to name some.

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 The sand box can be used by six children sitting around it at the same time or it may be used by each child taking their turn to draw or write. The children use one finger to write and draw or are able to use their whole hand to create shapes and pictures in the fine black sand/rock particles. As we observe the children we notice their enthusiasm and willingness to try and have a go and how the whole experience seemingly soothes the children.  

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The sandbox has given the children an added dimension to their drawing and writing where using a pencil and paper may have been daunting. Once the children are comfortable using their fingers to experiment writing their name, letters and numbers they are often more willing to attempt the same using a pencil and paper.

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We have decided to read The Rainbow Serpent together in a small group. I read the story to the children twice. We then have a chat about the story, with the children asking questions and myself asking them questions about the story in general, supporting their understanding of certain words and enhancing their visual perception and imagination as we read through the story. I then read the story a third time. I notice their interest in the story has increased and feel that this is due to reading it a number of times using animation to bring life to the story and talking with the children to increase their understanding and ability to imagination the story in their heads as I read.

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We decide to use the sandbox to illustrate the story as we read it for a fourth time. The children each take turns in illustrating sections of the story. We use the screed to clear each picture and leave a smooth surface of sand to allow the next child to draw their picture. It is beautiful to see the children take so much care and time in their drawing and to see their appreciation in each other’s work. They have brought the story of The Rainbow Serpent to life with their wonderful and imaginative illustrations.

 

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This experience relates to:

Outcome 1: Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities

*children feel recognised and respected for who they are

*children share aspects of their culture with the other children and educators

Educators promote this learning when they

*build upon culturally valued approaches to learning

Outcome 2: Children respond to diversity with respect

*explore the diversity of culture, heritage, background and tradition

Outcome 4: experience the benefits and pleasures of shared learning exploration.