Monday, March 21, 2011

off the beaten track

A bush walk at preschool usually means a wander along the well-trodden track that leads us over the creek to boat rock.

Familiarity helps the children to feel connected to this beautiful slice of local bushland.  Over time, they come to make it their own*.

But like anything in life, it is always good to mix things up a little.  Today we went off the beaten track, and this is what we found:

Another creek to cross:


A pile of stones to clamber over:


A fallen log to balance along:


Encountering one of the primary classes, who were out and about and having adventures of their own:


* If you are interested in reading some more about children and developing a sense of place in the natural world, Anna Golden has written a terrific piece called "Exploring the Forest: Wild Places in Childhood" about her experiences with the preschoolers at the Sabot School.

5 comments:

  1. It's heart warming to see such small kids connect with nature. Wonderful activities these are to strengthen their muscles and get some sunshine as well.

    I have followed your blog for some time now and always admire the free play-based learning that your blog espouses...

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  2. Thanks for recommending my article! We are in a new site, with much larger wild spaces, but are facing a new danger -copperhead snakes. We still want to be outside, but are truly worried after a parent was bitten in the fall. Any tips from your readers about how to deal with the threat of poisonous snakes would be very helpful.

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  3. I always love to see pictures of your bush walks.

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  4. I like the pictures and activities of small kids in your blog.And play based learning is really fantastic.

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  5. It just doesn't matter which direction they take Jenny ... that bushland is always irresistible!
    Donna :) :)

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