The ‘Rule of Three’ is a writing principle that suggests that a trio of events or characters is more satisfying, effective, or memorable than other numbers. This is because having three entities combines both brevity and rhythm with having the smallest amount of information to create a pattern. This is easy to see in story telling. Examples include The Three Little Pigs, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Musketeers.
The Latin phrase “omne trium perfectum” (everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete) conveys the same idea as the rule of three.
Omne trium perfectum is certainly the case in Kindergarten this year for a number of reasons. Firstly, we are excited to have three Kindergarten classes which is a change from our usual two.
Our three Kindy teachers, Miss Skinner, Mrs Walton and Mrs O’Neill have had a brilliant start to the year with their classes and have had a chance to get to know parents and students through the exciting buzz of the start of the year and our recent Meet the Techer evening.
Another set of three are the teacher’s aides we have employed to assist in our Kindy rooms. Each of our classes are really benefitting from the additional support from Mr Walker, Miss Stark and Mrs Jakobsen. This has been a clear strategy targeting academic as well as social and emotional learning as students move from our Prep program into their formal schooling.
Another wonderful example of “omne trium perfectum” is from one of our families at Cedars. The Baltyn boys are triplets and started Kindergarten together this year.
With all of these wonderful examples of how great groups of three are, I decided to go and visit our three classes, three teachers, and yes our three triplets (see what I did there…). The problem was there was just one of me. I was greatly outnumbered, and the questions came thick and fast. Everything from “how do trees grow?” and “why do jellyfish sting?” to “where has your hair gone?” and “do you like donuts?”
I love to visit Kindy. It is one of my favourite things to do throughout the year. But this year there was certainly three times the fun, three times the learning, and three times the questions.