What Year 1 students will learn
• Working together as a class to create a safe classroom environment
• Discussing the meaning of respect and showing respect for others
• Describing themselves and their relationships with others, including similarities and differences
• Describing themselves in relation to their gender
• Exploring and sharing ideas about friends and classmates
• Using 'I' statements to express ideas and feelings
• Identifying body parts, including sexual parts
• Discussing changes to the body and ways to care for the body
Sourced: NZ Herald "School sex ed guidlines start at year one" (November 2,2013)
I;m not old fashioned and there are certain things children should know, however five year olds would have no comprehension of the politically correct terminology that is peppered through out the above. They are little kids! And little kids should be allowed to play, not end up being made to somehow fit in with some pc nutter's idea of how a young child should be educated. Parents should have the right to object and withdraw their child from such a curriculum. In short it's stupid, short sighted and an invasion of a parent's right to educate their child about the birds and the bees at the appropriate age. 5 years old is not in my honest opinion that appropriate age. All of this stuff is a hangover from the "I" stuff from the early 1980s. Self awareness courses, woman's rights movement (which I am not against) and other ideaologies. I thumb my nose at the policy makers who came up with that PC crap for little ones. LET KIDS BE KIDS!
I love great quotes that inspire or reflect our mood that day or in that moment. I went out today and took some photos down at the new wharf area in Maungaturoto. The ripples on the water, the quiet and the bird life was a welcome change from the chaos I deal with on the farm. I took my camera with me and did some experimental shots.
I asked my youngest daughter Michelle to stand in the centre of the wharf so I could get this shot. I used the features on Picasa 3 to create the effects on the images you can see. One thing I like about this program is the simplicity. If you don't have photoshop, but want to create something special out of your images this free photo editing software from Google is a good option to choose.
I had a play with some of the effects by mixing them and seeing what came out of it. Picasa 3 has cropping options, straightening of crooked shots, and all the basics you need to create a great final image for your blog or for prints. I've found it better using Windows 8 rather than my old XP software.
here. Another option is Gimp which is also a great photo editing software and like Picasa it's free you can download it here. Most of all I hope you like the photos and the quotes. They were fun to do and that's what matters.