Friday, March 18, 2011

Stoke Vetinary Clinic

On Tuesday 15th March 2011 a small group of us left kindergarten making our way through the centre of Stoke and onto Stoke’s Vetenary Clinic. We were delighted to meet people we knew along the way and had fun sitting in the brass hand statue. Amy one of the vetenary nurses met us and we spent the next hour totally enthralled and mesmerized. For many of us we experienced aspects of animal welfare that we had not experienced before. Looking through a microscope and seeing a flea was a highlight of some while others were delighted seeing a dog having an operation. We had hands on experiences to feel the weight of titanium plates and screws that some animals receive to help repair bones, looked at x-rays, hold a huge hair ball that Amy had clipped from a Burmese cat who hadn’t been groomed properly and see some cats and a dog who were in the animal hospital recovering from their operations and were on the road to recovery. What an amazing morning we had, it was in walking distance and people from our community were enriching the learning opportunities of our tamariki in meaningful and real life situations

Making Paper Bricks

This week we have introduced paper brick making into our programme. This is one way we can extend on our zero waste and sustainability goals. Recycling materials in a useful way has high impact with children. Sorting through the paper recycling bins, bringing used paper waste from home, practicing ripping the paper into small pieces and soaking it in the bowl is fun. The process of making a paper brick takes time and the children can contribute at any time during the process. Certainly the squeezing and pressing of the brick is the highlight for many. The children who have so far taken a keen interest have taken on the role of teacher and it is great to see some parents staying to contribute to our ever growing pile of bricks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Take time to smell the roses.

On Friday I took a small group of children for a walk to Broad Green Gardens. Lately I have been thinking about ways I can make it possible for children to be able to explore the neighborhood outside the kindergarten gates so today i took the opportunity and off we went. WOW, what a stunning place we live in. As soon as we go there the children were eager to run off and explore. Of course we took time to smell the roses, gaze up into tall tall trees, count fish in the pond,hug a tree, look a t things through a magnifying glass and even watch a local man pluck walnuts from the trees.All this and only ten minutes walk from kindergarten.Makes me so appreciative of the wonderful world we have right outside our gate.