17th January 2020
Guardian Gungahlin Celebrate My Hero Day
Acting Centre Manager, Shannon, shares details of the day and how the children discussed and celebrated some very special heroes.
“During our Summer Learning Program, we wanted to encourage the children to be able to express themselves and give us an insight into who they look up to as their heroes,” shares Shannon.
“We wanted to use this as an opportunity to speak to the children about the current bushfire situation in NSW and how brave the people that are fighting the fires.”
“The children worked together to create a fire mural in honour of the firefighters and volunteers, which is now displayed in our foyer for all of our families to see.”
In addition to dressing up and creating the mural, the children also enjoyed engaging in role play exercises, where they participated in storytelling using their costumes as inspiration, and discussions on the subject of heroes.
“We spoke about the different people that could be considered heroes in the children’s worlds, including the people that help us every day such as doctors, firefighters, police officers, teachers and parents,” explains Shannon.
“We wanted the children to be able to see past the concept of superheroes and begin to understand that there are heroes all around us.”
“Throughout the discussion, the children began to show a deeper understanding of the concept, particularly when we spoke about the bushfire emergencies around the country.”
The children also spoke to the Educators about how firefighters put fires out, how people and animals have lost their homes because of the fires, and how the Centre could help.
“Although our focus of the day shifted more towards the current situation in NSW, we were not expecting the children to be able to completely understand the magnitude of what was happening,” says Shannon.
“The preschool children in particular have continued to speak about the fires in detail and have been using the topic in their weekly programs to engage in conversations about feeling safe, in particular where you can go and who you can talk to when you feel unsafe.”
Here are some of the many learning outcomes from the experience:
- Children learn a strong sense of identity
- Children connect with and contribute to the world around them
“Since My Hero Day, we have set up a donation area for the victims of the bushfires. We will also be holding a Colour Day in the next few weeks to raise money,” shares Shannon.
“The families have been great in supporting us by donating what they can to help. We would also like to start a collection of items that could assist the animals affected by the fires, such as fresh fruit, pet bowls, blankets and so on.”
Shannon and the team will continue to foster conversations with the children around bushfires, safety and heroes and look forward to their upcoming fundraiser.