A slice of harmony

Children at Giggles Early Learning celebrate Harmony Day with the help of volunteer dad John Coates (left), creating home-made pizzas as a special treat. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Learning. Children at Giggles Early Learning were treated to a mouth-watering surprise last Friday as part of a national initiative to celebrate Australia’s rich culture and diversity.

From multicultural music and stories, to gluten-free pizzas made from scratch with the help of volunteer dad John Coates, ‘Harmony Day’ (on March 21) was a theme explored in many different ways throughout the week.

Giggles owner and director Linda Wooldrage said the topic generated an amazing response from the young pupils as they began to comprehend ideas such as cultural difference and acceptance.

“We do a lot of discussion about other countries, and being nice to each other,” she said.

“It’s amazing what they can do. At the end, the children were able to express quite a bit of knowledge.”

Giggles educator Dianne Ferguson provided an example of one young girl who, after being asked about two differently-drawn people in her picture, explained that one was her mum and the other was someone “from another country”.

While the children eagerly helped to prepare the pizza dough at every opportunity, she added they were constantly embracing a hands-on approach to learning, with the pizzas adding an Italian flavour to the week.

“The educators are interactive with the children all the time,” Ms Ferguson said.

“Throughout the year we get the globe [of the world], and we’re always sharing things from other countries.”





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