Saturday, February 20, 2010

What have we found in our playground?

Goal 4 of the exploration strand of our early childhood curriculum Te whariki states that children will experience an environment where they develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.
Summer time with its abundance of insect, animal and plant life offers many opportunities for children to notice and develop working theories about the living world, to develop a sense of responsibility for the well being of the living environment and knowledge of how to care for it.
On these hot sunny days we have appreciated the shelter and cooling effect of our wonderful large trees in the playground.
We have had opportunity to observe and discuss native bees that have made their homes in the sand pit, centipedes living under the stones in the garden and pavers in the playground.
Swan plant has been planted, nurtured and the caterpillars have appeared.
We have discovered and marveled over the many praying mantis and
shiny blue lady birds in the playground and cicada shells from our gardens.
Inside, the children have had the opportunity to observe the transformation of wriggling tadpoles into tiny frogs. The children have been busy with butterfly nets, catching the flies needed to feed them.
Children have shared their observations of sunsets and strong ocean currents.
So many opportunities for conversations, questions, investigation and discovery.

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