How is it half-way through January already? Time seems to pass faster and faster. My boys are growing too fast and I wish there was a way to slow down time, just a little. These last few weeks have been such a needed break from routine. We have loved the slower pace, the not needing to be anywhere, the extra time to read, swim, and play Nintendo – all three favourite pastimes here. School is approaching faster than most of us would like. The exception being Mr 5 who is very excited about heading off to big school this year so the start of school can’t come fast enough!
This time of year, for me, like all educators, isn’t just about the fun, it is also about getting ready for the year ahead. For us at Wingaru it means finalising our new lessons – “Seasons” will be available soon so keep an eye out for it – and getting ready to enrol our 2021 class groups. We are welcoming 35 new schools at the start of Term 1 which I am really excited about. Our set up team will certainly be busy! We can set up your 2021 classes as soon as you are ready. We will be in contact with your school’s primary contact shortly but you can send your class lists through anytime and we can get everything sorted so your accounts are ready to go.
Most teachers are in full swing already – setting up classrooms and planning lessons for the year. The love that goes into setting up classrooms is amazing. If you are a parent, I hope you get the chance to take a minute to look around your child’s classroom and appreciate the time, effort and thought that has gone into the set up. Your teacher likely did that during their vacation time.
If you are one of these teachers, we have some resources that you may find helpful. If you are setting up your classroom consider including some Aboriginal artwork. I have our 2021 Wingaru Calendar and Acknowledgement of Country poster for you here. If you are a subscriber you might like to check out our name labels and birthday calendar in the teacher resources section of the platform. I am a huge fan of Chloe Webb, a young Darug artist who has done this year’s artwork.
Don’t forget to check out our planning templates https://www.wingaru.com.au/blog/planner-challenge to help you identify and plan where you can include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content in your program this year.
As always, sing out if I can help!
2021 Wingaru Calendar and Acknowledgement of Country Poster - Download from the links below
Are you a Wingaru Kids subscriber? Check out our birthday calendar and name labels in the teacher resources section of the platform.
I’m really excited this week to have our new platform, Wingaru Bubs, available to early childhood education providers. It is a digital resource centre, filled with informative, engaging and flexible resources that support educators and children as they explore Aboriginal perspectives.
The Early Childhood Education sector has undergone considerable changes over the last few years. We are recognising the important role that early education plays and regulation provides a framework which supports quality early education programs.
The Early Years Learning Framework is a national framework that was developed by government in consultation with the early childhood sector. The Framework helps guide educators to support young learners engage in educational experiences that are both engaging and give our bubs a strong education foundation.
These quality improvements are good for both educators and children. The hard work and skill that educators bring to our children’s lives every day is recognised and programs have meaning, supporting kids as they develop a sense of self and take their first steps into the education world.
The Framework requires educators to develop cultural competencies in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and strengthen relationships with their local communities. The Framework acknowledges that building this competence is a process that is underpinned by relationships, evolves over time and must involve attitudes, skills and knowledge.
When we started talking to educators and families involved with early childhood education, a common theme quickly became apparent – many educators had never had any education about Aboriginal people and felt overwhelmed when delivering Aboriginal content. So where do educators who have limited knowledge about Aboriginal people, culture and history start?
Wingaru Bubs features four sections designed to support educators with information and resources which make Aboriginal perspectives more accessible than ever. Wingaru Education recognises that education environments are diverse, both in community and approach, and because of this our resources have been designed with flexibility in mind.
The educator resources include Framework-aligned Learning Guides, making educators’ jobs easier and freeing up their time to focus on the experience and learning with our kids.
The information included in the Guides is suitable for all educators, regardless of their previous experience with Aboriginal perspectives. Each Framework-aligned Learning Guide is written in plain language and is suitable as an introduction to a subject or as a foundation for an in-depth learning experience. By creating flexible resources we can support educators of all experience levels.
Educators are further supported with a range of culturally appropriate information, fact sheets and printable resources including activity sheets, posters, and colouring sheets.
For young learners, the platform includes digital activities that have been designed to be enjoyed solo or as a group activity where children work together to explore Aboriginal content and develop skills and knowledge to support their development as individuals and their understanding of a diverse community. The exclusive videos are designed to engage visual learners, delivering information while entertaining young learners.
Our educators, as always, have done a great job putting together a collection of videos, activities and experiences that support educators and engages learners. Please get in touch if you think your early childhood education provider would be interested in Wingaru Bubs.
Wingaru Education believes that all children should have access to quality education about Aboriginal people and culture.