A year past.

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. Whilst there have been considerable challenges there has also been phenomenal success.

Each and everyone of our educators have committed to embedding nature play in our service. I have witnessed educators overcome fears and challenges purely because they want the children to be confident and resilient learners. Each and every time I am overwhelmed with a sense of admiration for our educators showing their courage and commitment to the children.

The growth in the children has proven to me that Nature Play has benefits far beyond what I expected and should have a greater place in education all the way from early childhood to Tertiary education. Not only have I seen the children become more resilient, cooperative, responsive, engaged and independent I have seen their faces light up with each new discovery and the experiences within our Nature Play program.

My aim to create experiences of wonder and exploration in nature has continued to grow through input from the children, families and community. With this continued input I am excited to be a part of and watch the Nature Play program evolve throughout next year.

This year my most enjoyable moments have been being a part in a child’s wonder, not leading their play or directing them but allowing them to take me along for the journey. To become immersed in the wonder of the natural world with a child allows me the peace, happiness, accomplishment and love of life that I hold so dearly. Its about building relationships with each other and our planet and to realise our contentedness to each other.

With a new year beginning and the support of my peers we will continue to grow in the education of our students, learning from each other and from our environment.

Miss Kyra
Nature Warrior

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Unique experience.

Written by Kyra, our Nature Warrior.

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 the rest of the Waratah children to the fence line and announced that there was a bird in the bush space. I was so proud of the response of the children, whilst excited they were also very considerate. I heard lots of “SSSShhhhhh we might scare it” and “Move slow or it could fly away” coming from the group. We stood watching the bird for a few minutes and the children were working together to help others by pointing out where it was.

I explained to the children that the bird may be hurt and I would like to go and check on it. Tobias told me to be careful not to get hurt, such a wonderful caring quality he showed. I was very careful and approached the beautiful bird, wrapped it up and popped it in a large box. I called Currumbin Wildlife Hospital who sent out an animal ambulance to take the bird for a check up. Lyn and Shane the CWS volunteers asked if the children would like to take a look at the bird. Of course my response was yes, after all there aren’t many opportunities for such an amazing opportunity for learning and conversation.

The children were all very quiet and considerate of the bird. They were very concerned it may have hurt it’s wing. Addison asked if they bite and Lyn said “not often, they are very placid birds” (as she patted it on the back of the neck.).

To listen to the children talk about the bird’s features, environment and care was wonderful. They were naturally very observant and inquisitive which lead to bigger conversations with their peers.

What an amazing property we have with such an array of wildlife and what a spectacular group of children who showed their greatness in so many ways today.

Miss Kyra
Nature Warrior

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Belonging and the butterfly garden.

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 arrivals to make his mark on our butterfly garden. David was enthusiastic and happily joined me in digging a hole and even reminded me to be careful where I put my feet so I didn't squash any caterpillars. We chatted as we were getting the garden ready and when a prospective parent walked through while touring our yards David excitedly told her and Miss Jenny all about the vine and the butterflies we are trying to attract to our garden. 

The butterfly garden is a simple project that has great value, children and adults love to stop and have a look at the Monarch caterpillars and count how many we have from week to week. By planting our new addition with David I hope to help him have a greater sense of belonging, become more aware of his ability to help his environment and develop a life long love of learning. 

I would also like to acknowledge the River Keepers of Country Paradise Parklands for kindly giving us the vine to add to our butterfly gardens, it is community connections like these that have helped our Nature Play program grow and continue to evolve. 

Miss Kyra
Nature Warrior

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Kangaroo encounters

Written by Kyra, our Nature Warrior

 

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 our Muni (Yugambeh word for kangaroo) , he was enjoying the fresh grass our back paddock offers. 

When I completed my yard work I went into the Wombats room and asked the children if they would like to come and see the Kangaroo in the paddock. The children were excited and quickly got their hats and headed for the door. We walked down to the bottom of the hill to find the Kangaroo lying down in the shade of the trees. All the wombat children sat down and watched the Kangaroo as he relaxed and scratched his belly. The children showed me how they could scratch their bellies too. I explained to the children that the Yugambeh name for Kangaroo is Muni. After a short while the Muni got up and hopped away. It was lovely to see the children excited by how quickly he could move. The children hopped and laughed as we came back up the hill. 

This is one of the many magical moments our children share with the Muni who visit our property. How lucky we are here at Kids World to have such a unique and beautiful environment.

Miss Kyra
Nature Warrior

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Nature Warrior Beginnings

Written by Kyra, our Nature Warrior

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 Kids World and have been given the privilege of becoming the Nature Warrior. My position came about when the owner and directors of my service recognised my passion for teaching in the great outdoors, they saw my qualities of greatness and worked with me to create this amazing role.    

My aim Is to create a positive natural environment in which the children can continue to expand on their learning and play. Allowing the children the benefits of nature play such as social, emotional, and cognitive development. To give the children access to opportunities in nature that help them learn resilience and allow their own creativity to flow freely. Our yards have trees to climb, a mud pit, rocks to hop on and over, gardens for the children to tend, compost bins, worm farms, bush land, a visiting mob of kangaroos from time to time and we even have three beautiful Silkie chickens.

The Nature Play journey is one I look forward to sharing with the children and our wider community.