A focus on Families
|Scooped by Monica Touma|
Given that the website has been created by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), it is a highly trusted site with authentic information on indigenous culture. As well as having its own publishing house, Aboriginal Studies Press, The AIATSIS library provides one of the most comprehensive collections of print materials on Australian Indigenous studies in the world. The website is a primer to the book The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia.Though the information present in the site is not appropriate for the learning level of kindergarteners the material can be adapted to suit the needs of the students in their understanding of how personal needs are met in Indigenous Communities.
The book itself has comprehensive information on kinship family structures that can help direct the teacher when planning a lesson. For example, students can identify the roles and responsibilities of members in an Indigenous family compared to how this might be similar or different from their own. Students can then draw, name and label their own family members and share their drawings with a partner. This activity can then extend to how families meet these needs in an Indigenous family compared to their own. This can be achieved by asking children to describe a situation when a family member has provided them with a basic need (NEALS, 2011).
AIATSIS. (2012). The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia. Australia: Aboriginal Studies Press.
NEALS. (2011). Early stage 1 teaching programs. Retrieved April 4, 2014 from http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/primary/hsie/teaching/earlystage1/index.htm