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Outdoor Kindy Week, Term 3, 2014. DAY 4

Our final day of this terms outdoor kindy week was a lovely day.  Some parents and siblings joined us around the fire this morning. The air was cool and the fire attracted children on and off during the day, warming themselves as they decided on what they might play next.   The day was filled with rich, authentic play experiences, and lots of food! Floral citrus creations were on
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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 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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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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Outdoor Kindy week Term 2, 2014…..day 1

The first thing we heard as we woke this morning was the sound of rain on the roof, it was steady and rhythmical, but as the time to head to kindy drew nearer it cleared….but as always the children arrived prepared for what ever might eventuate – I think some may even have been a little disappointed by the lack of rain today! It
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A Pallet Taste Sensation.

The children at Lobethal Kindy truly learn to love the outdoors and all the wonders it has to offer. Gardening and growning edible plants is so satisfying for children and adults of all ages. Spring has finally arrived which means time to plant,. Firstly we needed to replant the purple tubs that had previously grown our cauliflowers and lettuce. These tubs will become an amazing
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Outdoor Kindy Week. Term 4, 2013. Day 3

A light drizzle was falling as we arrived at kindy this morning. The ground was damp, the wood was damp and the smell of the gentle rain that had fallen overnight reminded us of how lucky we had been with the weather so far.  The campfire struggled to catch, but as the flames gently dried the timber, they produced a lovely warmth and a steady glow.  The air
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Outdoor Kindy Week. Term 4, 2013. Day 2

The smoke from the fire drifted silently through the leaves of the trees as the first warm rays of sun began to peek over the fence, their dappled light playing with the smoke.  The outdoor environment was still and quiet, as if taking a breather, waiting in anticipation to be filled once again with joyful laughter, and the excited sounds of children at play. The tell tale
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Outdoor Kindy Week. Term 4, 2013. Day 1

Welcome to term 4, Outdoor Kindy Week – our final week of outdoor kindy for 2013.  Its been a wonderful learning curve over the course of the year for all of the children, staff and parents, and we hope you have enjoyed joining us on this amazing journey.  We have gone from being a perhaps a little over organised, nervous and super prepared for absolutely everything in term
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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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