Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our Worm farm grows

Children in afternoon and morning sessions continue to show a keen interest in our worm farm. We gather around the worm farm and check the food supply, odour and moisture level in the worm farm. If there is a problem, then our Environment Folder[on the shelf by the kitchen] has an easy to understand pamphlet on fixing those problems!
Our worm farm was full of great compost and as we had a new garden - the dirt went into the garden. The worms were carefully sorted from their compost into their new home - however, we did seem to have less worms in the bin.
So as we are in this fantastic education community - we contacted Nayland College's worm teacher - Mr Bryant. Off we went on a sunny Friday morning and we collected a bucket of worms from them and now our worm farm is full of worms!
Sustainability is about reducing, reusing and recycling and so to sustain our worm farm - please keep on bringing your food scraps from home.

Challenge Course

A challenge course was set up for both the morning and afternoon children with particular emphasis on 'over', 'under' and 'through' as well as climbing, balancing and jumping. This encourages active exploration and supports the development of body and spatial awareness.

This is an example of teachers responding to the challenges children are setting for themselves. This also engages other children in social groups, learning about turn-taking, waiting for others and participating with and alongside others.