Over the past two terms there have been lots of small group excursions heading off to explore different areas of the community and follow up on children's interests. Two excursions over the past week have been organised in response to our physical programme and encouraging children to attempt new challenges. Two Fridays ago a group of ten went on a bike ride along the railway reserve to the playground down near Carpet Court. There we had morning kai and a play on the equipment before biking back to Kindergarten. The children amazed me (not to mention some of the parents) with their stamina especially on the ride home when it was all slightly uphill.
Then just last Wednesday a group of 8 children, 4 parents, 2 younger siblings and 1 family dog joined me for a walk up to the Centre of NZ. I wanted the children to have the opportunity to explore the wider community and enjoy some of Nelson's beautiful natural environment. Again, the children were awesome! We had a picnic first at the Botanics and then we headed up the "mountan", as the children called it. What amazing hikers they were and again, I know that there was one mother in particular that was blown away by the efforts of her son. And the view up there was well worth it. As one child kept saying, "Wow, it's amazing!"