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Class Movie 2013 “‘Outdoor Kindy – Authentic Learning for All”

We are so excited to finally be able to share our class movie about our last years experience with outdoor kindy. “We are really proud of our class movie and want to spread the word about the value of outdoor play, empowering children, valuing risk and the joys of using natural and open ended materials.  Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we
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Belonging, Being, Becoming

Welcome to Lobethal Kindy 2014!  We have been thrilled to welcome a whole new group of children. This is the first group to all begin their kindy journey together in term 1,  due to the implementation of the ‘same first day’ policy here in SA.  We have had some staff changes again this year.  We are very excited to have Katie join our team as a permanent full time teacher,
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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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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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Outdoor Kindy Week – day 5

We had hoped for a few showers during the week to challenge us all just that little bit more, however we had been blessed with beautiful crisp autumn weather, until today.  This morning we were reminded of the imminent arrival of winter.  We woke to the sound of steady rain, but as the children began to arrive, the clouds seem to lift a little.  With the campfire
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Outdoor Kindy Week – day 4

As far as a warm and welcoming place to come together in the mornings, our campfire has been very popular with both adults and children every morning.  Today was no exception.  It was lovely to see so many parents stay for a chat and a play with their children, and to see the obvious pride from the children as they showed their parents all
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Outdoor Kindy Week – Day 3

Today was our third day of outdoor kindy, however for the group of children that joined us this morning, and for Nell, it was their first experience of our exciting outdoor learning environment.  It was out mildest morning so far and yet still cool enough that the warmth of the campfire enticed many of the children and parents to sit on our logs and chat by the fire. We had
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