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EYLF Outcome 4 Children are confident and involved learners. 

Outcome 4.1: children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination, and reflexivity. 

Preschool Numeracy Indicator: I explore and understand my place and space in the world. 

Preschool Literacy Indicator: I use language to connect with my world. 

Inquiry Question

What do we see in the sky at night?

Learning experience

Take your child outside at night-time to do some star gazing. What do they see?  What is a star? What shapes do they see in constellations? Notice the moon and what shape it is tonight. Sometimes it looks like a full circle, but it usually looks like part of a circle.  Watch the moon over consecutive nights and make a chart of how the moon changes. Take advantage of your child’s curiosity and wonder. You might use the internet with them to search for pictures of some major constellations and whether there is a story about the picture (e.g. Greek mythology or Aboriginal sky stories). 

Link: What is a Star video

Why is this important?

The night sky is filled with amazing wonders and giving your child opportunities to express wonder and interest in their world helps develop dispositions for learning.  Star gazing gives children opportunities to imagine and explore ideas.