When we first thought about our Nature Connect Programme we knew it would be amazing and challenging and full of possibilities. We were full of anticipation about what the week might hold, and excited to take our little people to the bush, but I don’t think any of us were fully aware of just what an awesome experience we would have – or how it would impact on us all in so many different ways.
The last two days have been about exploring, setting boundaries, and “finding our feet” as we learn to connect with Bushland Park, and with each other in this beautiful setting. We have been honoured to have parents and volunteers share this journey with us.
And to look down with wonder: Opportunities to marvel at the small things in nature; insects, mushrooms, flowers, leaves and even poo and a dead kangaroo!.. Opportunities to see through different lenses, in different ways, and to come to understand each other in different ways too! Moments of quiet reflection, and moments to be with friends. Overwhelmingly, it felt like this experience was about relationships – our connection to each other, and to this place. A time to marvel at our place in the world. A time to reflect, to ponder, and to wonder.. Yes there were countless opportunities for literacy and numeracy (lots of re-telling of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and noticing signs and symbols, gathering and sorting and patterning, and visually representing our experiences), plenty of exploration, and high climbing and gross motor play, and times for getting muddy, and times for risk-taking, and for feeling so proud of our accomplishments, but at the end of the day, the words that stick with me are “well-being” and “connection”. What a wonderful start to our Kindy Connect programme. We can’t wait to see what will happen next!
Written by Nell