Outdoor Kindy Week, Term 3, 2014. DAY 3

The chill in the air this morning was very apparent, and it was wonderful to spend a few minutes as a staff team standing around enjoying the warmth of our fire while discussing our upcoming day. We have been really lucky to have not only Lee, Katie, Janice and myself for all four days of this week, but also our student teacher Jane and the lovely Genevieve who
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Outdoor Kindy Week, Term 3, 2014. DAY 2

It was a crisp but dry spring morning to start our second day of outdoor kindy…. the kind of morning that called for a warm beanie… and hinted at the fact we would probably need waterproof boots and coats as the day went on… Once the fire was lit, I took the chance to wander around the yard and take some shots of it prior
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Outdoor Kindy Week, Term 3, 2014. DAY 1

“YAY, its outdoor kindy week” were the first words that came out of one of our excited children’s mouths this morning as they climbed bleary eyed out of bed.  After a glorious couple of weeks of being teased by the gentle warmth of spring this mornings forecast was for a typical late winters day.  Cool temperatures and showers.  The winter woollies were pulled back out, and waterproof clothing packed
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Digging Deeper Conference – second conference released.

Are you interested in unpacking your current philosophy and practice in relation to outdoor learning environments and experiences? Would you like to delve deeper into exploring/developing outdoor learning environments in your setting? If you would like to share in a day of discussion, exploration and challenge, then we’d like to invite you to share in this rare opportunity. As a result of overwhelming requests
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Digging Deeper – Unearthing Authentic Outdoor Learning

http://lobethal2.redchilli.webfactional.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/digging-deeper-flyer-v1-5-1.pdf (412kb) DIGGING DEEPER…….. Unearthing Authentic Outdoor Learning- 19th September 2014 Are you interested in unpacking your current philosophy and practice in relation to outdoor learning environments and experiences? Would you like to delve deeper into exploring/developing outdoor learning environments in your setting? If you would like to share in a day of discussion, exploration and challenge, then we’d like to invite you to
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They ‘just play’

A common misconception about a play based programme, especially one with a strong nature and outdoor focus is that children are left to just play.  It is true, that the children spend the majority of their time in our programme at self chosen play experiences. Through careful observation, reflection and planning, our programme is developed ( and often evolves on a daily basis ) from the
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Beach Discovery Excursion 2014

On a very cool and drizzly day we all travelled by bus to Normanville Beach. Some of our mums and dads followed us in their cars. As it was a very long way we stopped at the forest in Kuitpo to go to the toilet and have a run around. When we finally arrived at Normanville Beach it was raining and a bit windy,
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Inspired to create

Just as we have seen the children’s creativity and resourcing of their own learning reach new heights, the process of removing most of the commercial toys from our outdoor learning environment has also sparked the creativity of the staff.  We are constantly looking for ways in which we can reuse and repurpose various materials, to include natural materials into our programme where ever possible, and provide the opportunity for us
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Outdoor Kindy Week, Term 2, 2014. Day 4

Today was the final day of this terms outdoor kindy week. It was a typical autumn day, mild temperatures, no rain. Maybe this is why it began with many parents staying around to watch their children, chat by the fire, and immerse themselves and their younger children in the whole outdoor kindy experience.   Our Muddy Puddles Kitchen was the place to be today.  The new sign was proudly hung to
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Outdoor Kindy Term 2, 2014. Day 3

The fire crackled to life with very little effort this morning.  As far as the weather goes, this morning was the nicest so far, cool but not cold, cloudy but no rain.  We did get showers over the course of the day, but they really went un-noticed by the majority of the children.  Those that chose to keep removing their waterproof clothing spent the
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