2020 Bush Kindy 20/02/20
Thanks to Danielle, Jenny, and the wonderful teachers and students from Tafe for coming on our adventure. With your help the children had a wonderful day of learning and some very stimulating conversation.
For the children:
To learn about road safety in context;
Learn to listen, and other communication skills as we walk together;
Develop a sense of community as we walk and talk about things we see and know;
Talk about how walking is important, and we don’t always have to go places in a car;
Children become fitter and more healthy;
Improved vocabulary as we talk and interact with adults and peers as we walk along.
Seeing new and interesting things.
Developing spatial recognition and awareness as we walk outside familiar ground: discussing where we are in relation to Kindy, home and, other personal landmarks;
To explore their natural environment;
Playing, exploring, and learning in the bush introduces children to nature and our unique Australian environment;
To recognise the significance of land in Aboriginal Culture and encourage children to reconnect with and appreciate nature;
To develop confidence through challenges;
To develop coordination and strength;
Problem solving and investigative learning;
Social interaction, working together, taking turns and, peer mentoring;
Connecting with nature and developing emotional intelligence;
Open-ended creative, imaginative thinking and play;
Developing multi-sensory development;
Learning about water safety and gaining a healthy respect for water and its dangers and enjoyments.
Allowing the children close access to the waterways and allowing them time to explore the habitat within this area;
Studies have shown children who regularly engage in nature-based play develop higher physical, social and, emotional skills;
There are significant health benefits that include improved cognitive function, increased creativity, kinder peer interaction, reduced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and, reduces rates of aggression.
Bush Kindy is play that is led by children, with support from educators, allowing children to take reasonable risks in a supervised environment.
Risk Taking: allows children to push themselves to the limits of their capabilities and allows them space to progress. It also allows children to feel in control of their actions, learning and play; they learn boundaries in a safe, secure environment where they can be supported directly or indirectly by practitioners.
Children develop a respect for nature, their environment and, learn about sustainability in context;
These experiences will be a fun educational experiences that children will remember for years.