Thursday, August 25, 2011

A trip to Lucy's paradise

The term is speeding along and although we have not had many blog entries this term, I can assure you that we have been very busy both at kindergarten and exploring our wonderful community with our families.
Last term we were noticing the birds in our playground, and then a number of children were keen to count the birds they saw around their houses, and in Nelson as they travelled around.  So we decided that those children would explore the wider community for different birds, in a totally different setting at Lucy's house.
Time for karakia and kai together then off for a walk.

We didn't see many birds but the chatter could be heard as the children explored the Ngawhatu area, walking and talking at great length.  

Enjoy these photos, I am sure you will get a sense of wonderment and awe as you see our surroundings, and celebrate the the diversity of our Nelson environment.

We saw a pukeko running for his life over the hill ( I think he heard us coming) , 2 rather large well fed kereru (wood pigeon), a fantail, some yellow hammer heads and a hawk.

It is always exciting to see children and adults developing new friendships, and strengthening their bonds together as a group. 

Research shows that children who have opportunities to explore and care for their environment continue to do this throughout their lives.

Our morning finished all too soon, but we still managed to fit in a stop over at a local cafe for a coffee and fluffy to cap the morning off.  Great parents, fantastic children, great hosts and a great time out.

We will watch with interest as the warmer weather encourages more birdlife back to kindergarten. We had better get on with making more bird feeders before winter is over and refueling our existing ones.

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