Tots le­ar­ning traf­fic ru­les

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus -

O­ver the y­e­ars, mi­ni­a­tu­re traf­fic se­tups ha­ve been put in­to s­chools to te­ach child­ren the ru­les of the ro­ad and the im­por­tan­ce of o­beying them.

The Ro­ta­ry Club of Knys­na has now go­ne one s­tep furt­her and re­cent­ly laun­ched Tots in Traf­fic, which will be rol­led out in­to se­ver­al pres­chools run by the Knys­na E­du­ca­ti­on Trust.

The­se com­pri­se of a rub­ber play mat dis­playing pic­tu­res of ro­ads, buil­dings and pla­ces of in­te­rest. The fi­re sta­ti­on has a pic­tu­re of a fi­re en­gi­ne, the hos­pi­tal, an am­bu­lan­ce, the su­per­mar­ket, a few par­king bays and a s­hop­ping trol­ley. The­se are all ex­am­ples of w­hat will be found in the­se buil­dings. The­re are al­so ot­her pla­ces of in­te­rest such as a church and a dam.

The Hands and He­arts or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on in Knys­na ha­ve ma­de nu­me­rous small wooden cars that the child­ren can push on the mat.

Ho­we­ver, this pro­gram­me is not on­ly to te­ach the child­ren a­bout the ru­les of the ro­ad. It is al­so u­sed for lan­gua­ge and va­ri­ous li­fe skills. The child­ren must i­den­ti­fy the pla­ces and i­tems on the mat. T­hey need to work out rou­tes to dif­fe­rent ve­nues, co­lours of buil­dings and ot­her pla­ces. In plot­ting their rou­tes, t­hey dis­cuss pro­blem-sol­ving is­su­es such as the shor­test or lon­ge­st route, who is at e­ach ve­nue and why t­hey should be going the­re. O­ver­all the Tots in Traf­fic be­co­mes a w­ho­le le­ar­ning ex­pe­rien­ce.

The te­a­chers in­vol­ved in this pro­gram­me we­re gi­ven a works­hop at the Knys­na E­du­ca­ti­on Trust w­he­re t­hey we­re e­ach han­ded a mat and so­me cars and we­re taug­ht how to use them for dif­fe­rent les­sons. This is now cre­a­ting a w­ho­le new le­ar­ning ex­pe­rien­ce for the child­ren, a­cqui­ring a host of dif­fe­rent skills w­hi­le still ha­ving fun! –

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

E­du­ca­ti­o­nal rub­ber play mats dis­playing pic­tu­res of ro­ads, buil­dings and pla­ces of in­te­rest will be rol­led out in pres­chools a­cross Knys­na. The child­ren must i­den­ti­fy the pla­ces and i­tems on the mat, and work out rou­tes to dif­fe­rent ve­nues, a­mong ot­her acti­vi­ties.

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