As part of our Australia focus we talked about our place in the world today. We started with a top down look at it. We had pictures depicting Our Planet: Earth, Our Continent: Australia, Our Country: Australia, Our State: Western Australia etc all the way down to Our Class: Kindy. I wanted to give the children a broader view of where they live rather than just looking at their town.
We made some paper bag houses by cutting out some doors and windows and gluing them to the paper bag. We stuffed them with newspaper and added a cardboard roof. We glued them down to a green piece of card along with a road. Beneath the road we wrote a short sentence about where each child lived. For example John Smith lives at 123 Main Street. Some children were able to tell us the number of their house while others had no idea at all. I told the ones who didn’t that maybe the next time they go past their letterbox they can see what number is on it and tell me. We had an interesting discussion about how the houses are numbered on the street. This was prompted by one girl saying that another girl lives next door. I said, “Oh if your house is 66 then her house must be either 64 or 68 because the numbers go on one side of the street then across the street to the other side and then back again.” I drew a picture on a scrap piece of paper to show them what I meant. The children were fascinated and it was obvious that it wasn’t something they had thought about before. I hope it inspires them to look out for the numbers in the future.