Sunday, July 11, 2010

a walk to primary school

Recently as I posted images of the inspiring outdoor learning environment of Hurstbridge Learning Co-op (a primary school) it dawned on me that I have never shown you around our own primary school's outdoor play space.
I'll take you on a little tour with some of our preschoolers as they head down to shop at the organic market on a thursday morning:

Out the gate and down the short track:

that leads to the primary school: 

run past the classrooms:

stop quickly to look at something new and interesting the primary kids have been building:

and onto the weekly market, where we shop for ingredients for our cooking:

Shopping done, we stop at the playground:

We love the slide built into a slope:

and the tunnel:

and the rickety old bridge:

There are houses in the trees:

We head down here often, usually in small groups, to play in the playground, visit the big kids, run errands or to go to the library. 

We are very lucky to have all of this on our doorstep!


  1. You said it Jenny ... you ARE very lucky to have all that on your doorstep. What a beautiful working, learning, playing, exploring environment you have.
    Donna :) :)

  2. What a wonderful, fun learning school environment and how fortunate for the children you are to have such a great relationship with them, it must make transition time so much easier.

  3. Indeed you are lucky, Jenny. Wow! What a place to learn. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Thanks for sharing, Jenny - what a fun place for the kids to learn & explore!

  5. It is all amazing! I hope we will see some of the same sharing and wonder between the ages now that our preschool will same space with the older grades. I hope so!

    ps. On my computer, it looks like Teacher Tom has posted his comment from the future. I knew he was magic! (:

  6. Love the houses in the trees!!!

  7. How nice to see the wider school. It would also be interesting to know (if you didn't mind sharing) things like child:adult ratios, number of children in your class, the times they are there, etc. For example, I learned from Sherry that there is a ratio of 1 adult to 15 children in her setting - which is a lot compared to the UK

  8. Thanks for the comments everyone - its nice to share pics.

    Juliet, I will email you.