Our Educators and children have been exploring Indian culture throughout this week, in celebration of Diwali. Diwali, known as the "festival of lights", coincides with the Hindu New Year, which celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
The children have been involved in making Diya (candle holders), fireworks paintings, being shown Rangoli (floor art using coloured sand), making ladoo (an Indian sweet) and being shown Indian traditional dress and dance.
We were also lucky to have one of our Kindergarten parents come in and talk about Indian culture and Diwali.
We would like to acknowledge all Educators for educating themselves about this special Indian celebration and passing that on to the children in their room. And we are very thankful to Navneet and Monika for sharing so much of their culture with the children and bringing various items from home to share.
We have also noted how much our parents have loved seeing the signs, candles, lights, Rangoli and Toran throughout the Centre. We strive to include and celebrate the cultures of all of those around us, especially those of Northgate Child Care Centre & Kindergarten.
Spring has definitely sprung here at Northgate! - The sun is shining, the birds are singing and we are planting!
All of our rooms are collecting the Woolworths seeds and growing various plants. Some rooms are focusing on vegetables and some on herbs, some of the rooms are collecting them all, but ALL of the children are enjoying the process!
Planting the seeds allows the children see the growth cycle of plants from start to finish, help gain the responsibility of caring for the plant and nurturing it to keep it alive, and (hopefully) at the end provides them with produce to try or a beautiful flower to admire.
How's your garden going? Spending time in the garden, planting, weeding, watering or digging not only gives you the benefit of fresh air and sunshine, but also enables you to discuss the natural environment, how everything contributes to each other and discover and name plants and bugs. Often what we see as chores is still a learning adventure for children!