Monthly Archives: April 2012

ANZAC Day 2012: PrepD children (5 Year Olds) respond to the famous story Simpson and his Donkey

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.
Source: ANZAC Day – Australian War Memorial Website

Next week we have a public holiday for ANZAC day in Australia. Our Prep children have been learning about the significance of this day. They have read and discussed picture story books about ANZAC day. One famous story read to the children was Simpson and his donkey. The children drew a directed picture of Simpson. Basically the children copy each line I do on my paper which will form their picture. I use directional language for this task. Their pictures are very individual and stunning.

Prep (5 Year Olds) pastel pictures:

One of my students went home to teach her family how to draw Simpson. They were amazed! I love the way the student chose different colors for the background. Picture below:

Cheers Nina


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Recent Presentation: Using data to plan a reading program which meets the needs of all learners.

First post for a while! Teachers in Victoria, Australia (for my international readers) return to school this Monday coming, so it seems timely that I put this post up. I’ve actually written several unfinished posts and they should be finished and posted soon.

Recently I gave a presentaion to a group of educators directed at using initial data to plan a reading program to meet the needs of all children. My presentation included an outline of the main strategies included in a balanced reading program and how my team support each other via planning. I also revisited Piaget with this group. It’s interesting that all members of this group had studied Piaget at some stage, but after having teaching experience they could understand the constructivist theory and how it underpins student learning.

I’ve included the powerpoint used for my reading presentation. My next presentation is in a few weeks to another group of educators and is focussed on using data to plan a writing program which meets the identified needs of all students. I’ll share my presentation once delivered.

Cheers Nina

P.S One ‘typo’ in the presentation! Can you find it?

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