Nature Warrior Experiences
With the wet weather setting in our children have been enjoying some play in the puddles and rain. From dancing in the rain to the sploshing sound that can be heard as mud pies are emptied not so elegantly from their trays, our children can experience it all. No need to be worried about getting soggy or the dirt on their clothes, the children are let loose to engage in all different environments and encouraged to make discoveries no matter how messy.
Wet days and play in the rain have so many benefits to our children. Exploring and investigating their world that has now become increasingly slippery ups the ante on risk taking and pushes their physical abilities. Feet muscles need to be used to grip far harder than usual and that rock they climb on a dry day has now posed a new challenge.
Playing outside in the wet and rain teaches children to embrace change and learn to enjoy new experiences. I am always amazed at how the children’s eyes light up when they see our educators sloshing around in the mud and dancing in the rain. This simple act of an adult leading the way into wet play seems to give the children permission to dive right in, to get muddy, wet and have endless amounts of fun.
The next time you hear “I’m bored” come from a child on a rainy day, take the opportunity to get outside and see the wonder and mess that is learning.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving,…Read More
The Nature Play program covers so many different areas of learning and each on is as important as the other but this month I have noticed one emerging within many children that warms my heart. Conservation and care for country is something that is vitally important to me as an educator, a mum and a …Read More
I ask that you take a moment to think about your experiences with mud, to really reach back to the sensory moments that evoked the giddy kind of happiness, excitement and even hilarious disgust that mud brought to your young life. The simple pleasure of playing in the mud extends into many parts of an…Read More
As 2018 comes to an end and 2019 brings promise of new beginnings and growth, I can’t help but smile with a warm sense of wonder and accomplishment. This has been our first year of my new role as “Nature Warrior” with more in-depth focus on Nature Play and building relationships with our environment….Read More
Today was without a doubt a remarkable day of learning for both the children and myself. From the large gate at the bottom of the Waratah yard April pointed out something she had spotted on the bush trail.
I honestly did not expect to find what April was pointing out…A Tawny Frogmouth. I called…Read More
This morning I headed down to the shed to start my daily routine of keeping our yards looking beautiful. I like to take a moment each morning to take a deep breath while looking over our back paddock to ground myself and appreciate the unique environment we have. This morning I was greeted by one of…Read More
Today I enjoyed some one on one learning with David in the butterfly garden. David has shown great interest in the butterfly garden so when we were fortunate enough to receive a Richmond Bird wing Butterfly Vine from The River Keepers I decided this would be a great opportunity for one of our newest…Read More
Welcome to the Nature Warrior Blog, a place where you can read about the amazing experiences the children at Kids World Gilston get to have in their day to day learning. Firstly let me introduce myself, my name is Kyra, and I am the one and only Nature Warrior. I am so fortunate to be working here at…Read More