About Riley Callie Resources
Riley Callie Resources came about from our desire to introduce young children to a fun and engaging way of learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which incorporates Indigenous thinking and contexts. STEM is all about integrating knowledge in a holistic and meaningful way to engage students. We firmly believe that STEM provides an ideal platform for educators to introduce children to the rich depth of knowledge and unique perspectives that Indigenous Australia has to offer.
Here at Riley Callie we recognise that the early learning years are critical to a child's future development and it is our aim to provide you with innovative products which make learning fun!
The founder of Riley Callie is Debbie Hoger, a Dunghutti woman and a Mum of two beautiful young children. Debbie has always had a passion for STEM, and developed the IndigiSTEM resources because she wanted to see preschools and kindergartens drawing on materials which not only engage children in STEM, but celebrate Indigenous Australia.
In developing these resources, Debbie drew upon knowledge about her own cultural heritage, as well as her educational background in Anthropology and Science.
We feel there is a great need to ensure that Indigenous culture is taught about and learnt about in the early years, as these are the foundational years which set the scene for a child's future learning as a student. Our IndigiSTEM resources take simple STEM based activities for preschool and kindergarten aged children, and use them as a platform upon which educators can teach children about Indigenous culture.
Our culture as Aboriginal Australians, is the oldest in the world, the longest living culture on the planet, and as such, deserves a centre place in the teaching of our young children. However, for preschools and kindergartens to include Indigenous learnings into their curriculums in a respectful and appropriate way, meaningful engagement with Indigenous people, communities, and businesses is absolutely necessary.
Early Years Learning Framework
The Australian Government's Early Years Learning Framework contributes to realising the Council of Australian Governments’ vision that:
“All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.”
The Framework is focussed around belonging, being and becoming.
Belonging - this refers to knowing where and with whom you belong – an integral aspect of human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community.
Being - this recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and children knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life.
Becoming - this reflects the process of rapid change in a child's life; particularly in the early years, when a child's life is shaped by many different events and relationships, as children learn and grow. It emphasises a child's need to learn how to participate fully and actively in society.
Riley Callie Resources understands the significance of these three key elements to successful learning in the early years; these years are about creating and maintaining safe and secure learning environments where children can engage in play-based learning which provides them with a solid foundation for learning in the rest of their lives.
We are particularly passionate about the importance of all children, of all backgrounds, feeling that true sense of 'belonging'; belonging not only to their family, but to their culture and their community. A child secure in this will be able to reach their full potential.
To read about the Framework in full, click here: