Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Opening the door to nature

As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.  ~Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping
Opening that door for our kids is one of the guiding principles of our preschool.  We all cherish going through that door - children, teachers and parents alike.

Out the preschool gate, and down the path through primary school:





to our special place:



Through the bush:


Over the puddles:


and through them.



Through the mud - don't get stuck!


To our little creek.


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  ~Albert Einstein

12 comments:

  1. As I read this I am reminded of my own childhood when we went with dad to all sorts of natural spaces. I developed a great love of nature and understanding. Thinking by doing. I guess my dad was a lecturer in Teaching science to primary school students so it was a given. I however do it with my daughter with wonderful outcomes
    Bronwyn Kelleher.

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    1. I remember my childhood where we spent hours upon hours in the bushland and rocky areas around the beach we lived next to, and they are such strong, powerful memories :)

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  2. Beautiful pics...beautiful nature. these kids are lucky!

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  3. As a mum can I ask how many adults you need to take them out of the kinder gates per child? I would love to be part of such a venture.

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    1. With our age group of 3-5 years, you need one adult per 5 children. We very, very rarely take the whole group out at one time but we try hard to take all the kids that want to go on that particular day. Whenever we have a parent helper, or someone willing to stay an extra few hours in the morning we grab the chance to go bush.

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  4. I love that there is a ballerina tu-tu going bush! And I love how deep in the mud one of the little explorers is.

    I think I am a bit jealous about how close to some bush and therefore such authentic experiences you are!

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  5. Isn't she a cutie? And yes, we never forget how lucky we are to have all of that on our doorstep.

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  6. Looks like a day at our playschool!

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  7. I just love that picture of the little one leaping over the puddle :)

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  8. I love the photographs! Especially the one jumping in a puddle and the other with the treasure of a leaf in the water. Beautiful!

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  9. I love these photos! Leaping over the puddle. The cute little creek perfect for sending 'boats' down. My favourite is of the little girl with her pink tights, shiny red boots, and WHITE TUTU making her way through the puddles and mud! Great stuff!

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