Lee Munn

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We are all in this together.

Children outside all week? …in the middle of winter?… they might get cold or wet and, wait for it, they might even get dirty! It would be so easy to just run with that and say its too hard, lets not even try.  Once you add in the perception that the parents may frown upon their children coming home wet or dirty, seriously, why would you even bother?     Why bother?  because,
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Lobethal Kindergarten Outdoor Environment…Sustainability – chooks, ducks and worms

Although the children believe that the teachers are the permanent residents at kindy and we all have beds somewhere in a secret room that is only known to us, the real permanent residents are of the feathered and slimey kind. Lobethal kindy has supported a chook house for as long as I can remember and a couple of years ago we raised enough money
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Outdoor Kindy Week (term 3, 2013) – Day 4

There was steady rain for much of the day today. It was cold enough that we could see our breath vaporising. We had a Dad come in to shoot some video footage for us, he had to spend his time ducking in and out of the rain. We had a Mum come to take photos for us, she often had to juggle her camera and an umbrella as she
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Outdoor Kindy Week (term 3, 2013) – Day 3

Our outdoor environment is starting to look like a giant mud pit.  The soil is so water logged that even the smallest shower creates more puddles as soon as it hits the ground.  Today it was cold.  It was wet. It was muddy. It was challenging. It was also another day filled to the brim with learning and laughter. The children were totally engaged from the time they arrived
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Outdoor Kindy Week (term 3, 2013) – Day 2

The campfire was well alight by the time the children arrived this morning, the smell of smoke hung in the air, and there was only a hint of drizzle as the children excitedly rushed through the gate. With help from one of our mums, and a couple of children, we put up the new tent addition for our gazebo… it was the perfect place stories, and drawing during
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Outdoor Kindy Week (term 3, 2013) – Day 1

Welcome to outdoor kindy week for term 3!  We knew that we were in for a cold and wet outdoor week this term. We made sure we were all prepared with our waterproof coats and pants, rubber boots and warm clothing…after all, we totally agree with the saying – there is no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing! There had been heavy rain over
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The giant sling shot

As I observed a group of children creating mini catapults (inspired by our wonderful science workshop from Irresistible ideas for play based learning at the http://www.inspiredec.com/ conference)  I sat tying a couple of balloons together trying to create my own mini sling shot.  One of the children nearby asked what I was doing and I explained to him.  He had obviously made sling shots before and as we
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A bountiful winter harvest

An eager group of children made the most of the winter sunshine last week and harvested all that was ready from our vegetable gardens.  We had broccoli, an abundance of lettuce, some very small capsicums, a lone carrot, continental parsley, several varieties of spinach, and by the time parents arrived, we also had a huge basket of freshly picked lemons which had been dropped off by a lovely neighbour
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Where to now?

As a staff team and a kindergarten site we are committed to continuing to provide our children with a rich, engaging, nature based learning environment.  We have witnessed the powerful depth of learning and self development that is reached by children when they are allowed to play, free from the distractions of all the things we previously thought essential to keep them amused and busy. Free to explore, to be
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‘Bush Kindy’

After the resounding success of our recent outdoor kindy week, and the fact it validated so many of our thoughts about the immense importance of providing a natural based outdoor learning environment for our children (not to mention the changes it has been the catalyst to us implementing on a more permanent basis in our learning environment) we were keen to further extend ourselves to include both the wider environment and community. We
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