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Johnson House goes walking with dinosaurs

- July 1, 2014

Last Wednesday nine children from the Johnson House preschool program ventured into the city with centre director Mariam, educator Amy and one of the children’s parents, to visit the Tyrannosaurs exhibition at the Australian Museum.

Before travelling into the city in The Infants’ Home’s mini bus, the children prepared their own lunches, making sandwiches from a selection of fillings including ham, cheese and vegemite. The children then labelled and packed their lunch in a cooler before setting off for the exciting adventure.

                                 

                                           On the mini bus, buckled up and ready to roll!


The investigation continues…
Mariam says “The purpose of the excursion was to extend on the investigation on dinosaurs that has been happening in Johnson for the last month or so. The children have been questioning and investigating interesting facts about dinosaurs, including how they became their extinct, what they ate and their daily habits. The children have even carried out their own excavation as palaeontologists in Johnson house, unveiling the jaw and skull of a t-rex”.

 The Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family exhibition gave the children the opportunity to examine fossil specimens, look at pictures of real-life fossil digs and to engage with the interactive multi-media experiences designed to bring the dinosaurs to ‘life’.

                                            

                     Educator Amy and the children check out T-Rex


Connecting with community
In addition to learning more about dinosaurs and building on this ongoing interest, the excursion was also a great opportunity for the children to connect with their community. Amy says “The value of carrying out an excursion like this is to make our children visible in the community. It helps us to show the children that they are capable of managing the important social interactions that occur on an outing or excursion. The children got on the bus, buckled up, paid for their entry tickets and walked in a calm and respectful manner in the shared community space of the museum”.

                                          

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