I got together with some of my Mother's Group gals yesterday.
Some of us go to the same kinder, but we're in different sessions - they're Koalas, and we're Kangaroos.
So kindy talk is same/same, but different.
Anyway, I was reading the Term 2 Newsletter over brekky the other day, and something I read made me baulk:
"Koala group have held a fascination with guns. We were lucky to have a father in the group who holds a real gun license and was willing to hold a gun discussion in a real and factual way with these children. He showed them a bullet and also a target"
Um, I know I have a few teacher-types and even early-educational peeps reading here, but isn't this something that would require a consent form? I'm pretty sure guns& kindys aren't something the educational powers-that-be would like to be promoting. And yes I know ( or am assuming from the text ) that no actual GUN was brought in .. but there would be reasons I would like to know about this visit BEFORE the fact:
- I don't like guns. Frankly, they scare the crap out of me.
- My dad had a 'real gun license' too. He was also not someone i'd want at my kinder
talking to kiddies about guns. Having a 'real gun license' does not a good man make.
- I would like the opportunity to decide whether my child would attend that session
- If attended, I would have liked the opportunity to discuss with my child, later that night,
on my own terms, about guns, shooting, field questions 'in a real and factual way'.
So it was quite the topic yesterday - one of the Koala mums was ropable.
The first she'd heard of it was via the newsletter, and way after the event. Her son had never brought it up, and when asked, I think it was all too little too late ( can't remember what she said, but he either couldn't remember, or shrugged it off to go play ). The other koala mother wasn't sure if she'd received the newsletter, or read it properly, so was hearing about it for the first time - she was aghast.
So it wasn't just me, the 'lucky' Kangaroo mum. Apparently my group is "interested in fashion design".
First i've heard of it, and I always interact and ask questions, have been on duty, and find the teachers quite personable and approachable. Weird.
Project Runway vs. Deliverance ?
In other news, thanks for all the Speechie feedback.
You could probably already tell that my mind was made up to go, but being told it's the right decision by so many of you with personal experiences is good too - bolstering.
First group session is next week, and i'm really looking forward to it.
The 'tools' we've been given already from two quick sessions far outweigh anything else we've ever done before.
I guess it goes back to that old adage of if you find a good teacher...