3 Apples adheres to a holistic approach of early childhood education. When we expose children to different environments and various learning experiences, we allow them to explore their self-awareness and gain a sense of the world around them. Once they leave our Early Childhood Education Center, they’re fully prepared for the next stage of their young lives.
At 3 Apples, we acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live and learn.
As a part of our reconciliation plan and on the extension of the children’s interest in exploring and learning about Aboriginal culture.
We introduced and started doing a yarning circle in the morning, having children gathered all together to play a daily acknowledgement of country, where we showed our respect to the traditional owners and first nation of the land and encourage children to embrace the diversity in our 3 Apple’s community by saying good morning in the children’s and educators’ home languages.
(EYLF Learning Outcome 2 &5: Community and Communication.) We aim to promote in all children a strong sense of who they are and their connectedness to others. (EYLF Learning Outcome 1: Identity.)
Kinder 4 children were an enthusiastic participant in learning about worms and sustainability.
To reduce the food waste, we encourage the children to use leftovers to feed worms; the worms produce the worm juice that can be used to water our plants and garden.
They certainly expressed themselves to the natural environment and other living things in nurturing and caring way when they took turns to touch the worms with their gentle fingers.
The children were connected with and contributed to our natural world, when they explored the relationship with other living things and observed, noticed and respond to the change, as well as showed growing appreciation and cared for the natural environment. (EYLF Learning Ouctome2: Community.)
The children also developed their communication skills when they expressed, shared and discussed their observations with other peers. (EYLF Learning Outcome5: Communication.)
We check the worms every day and observe them change and grow
On 23rd April, we joined Virtual Wurundjeri Storytime with Rebecca who is from the Wurundjeri Council.
Rebecca taught us Wurundjeri culture, Woi-Wurrung Language and Dreaming stories named “Welcome to country” and “Bengal”. We sang the song “Head, shoulders knees and toes” in Woi-Wurrung Language and danced with actions.
Through this incursion experience, children extend their learning on the Aboriginal culture.
The children explore, infer, predict and hypothesise in order to develop an increased understanding of the interdependence between land, people, plants and animals.
Children develop their social and cultural heritage through engagement with Elders and community members. (EYLF Learning Outcome 2 &5: Community and Communication.)
In term 2 the Hey Dee Ho focus on learning songs in several different languages and exploring a little bit about the cultures they come from, promoting diversity, multicultural awareness and improving communication skills.
Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking and listening skills, in addition to improving memory, concentration and the ability to multitask.
Children proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.
Think. Reason. Question. Experiment. These are just a few of the skills and qualities that children will develop at 3 Apples. Since our founding, we’ve focused on supporting children during all transitions throughout childhood. All activities are designed to nurture the emotional and intellectual growth of our children adequately. Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, young children are free to develop into bright young minds. Reach out to learn more, and enrol with us today!