This term in Kindy we will be providing many wonderful opportunities for children to explore the natural bushland environment here at St Emilie’s.
From trees and flowers to birds, bugs, sticks, leaves, honkey nuts and pinecones, the Australian bush has plenty for children to explore, admire and wonder about. Instilling love and appreciation of nature from a young age can help create a generation who feel connected to the world around them and grow to respect and care about protecting and preserving our planet.
On our first walk through the bushland we searched for fallen bush treasure that we could collect and bring back to the classroom to design our own nature collage. We found many treasures to decorate our classroom with!
Inside the classroom, we have many learning stations set up for the children to interact with and explore their understanding of the Australian bush and Aboriginal culture. The children have been very busy rescuing and caring for the injured bush animals in the Animal Rescue Play Centre. At the cultural table, the children have been engaged in developing their early understandings of Aboriginal art, culture and bush tucker through hands on learning experiences.
To introduce and gain a greater insight to the sorts of animals that inhabit Australian bushlands we read, “Wombat Stew” by Marcia Vaughan and “Let’s Learn About Australian Animals” by Matthew Ingram. The children were then asked to draw and communicate their knowledge of their chosen Australian animal.
We are looking forward to getting outside, exploring and learning more about our bushlands as the term progresses. “For children, play is learning. There is no better space for kids to learn than the outdoors, and there is no better play resource than nature”. https://natureplayqld.org.au/blog/nature-play-in-early-years-education