What do you get when you add sand + water + enthusiastic learners? During the past two weeks the afternoon children have been gravitating towards the sandpit and mostly staying there all afternoon. Working together in groups to create rivers and pools of mud, wonderful to jump, splash and sometimes even swim in. Powerful learning takes place while children work in small groups, ﬁnding out how to work together, problem solving through trial and error, and ﬁnding new and different ways to make things work. You might call this “PLAY”, but for children it is very serious work as they go about their business, exploring the properties of sand and water with their whole body, creating waterways to redirect water and learning how to share spaces with others. Powerful learning indeed.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I printed off some examples and then a team of children joined me to plan, build and construct Nayland Kindergarten's very first bug hotel
There was a whole community of builders who worked on the house with children helping each other manage the large black pipes and the taking turns at the sawing.
After construction we began to fill the tubes and pipes with things we thought the bugs might like. Thank you Reuben for bringing in the pea straw and other things you thought about. Children found sticks, bark and leave from the kindergarten garden to add.
There was a quick trip to Margie's to gather bricks for the base of the bug house. That was heavy work. Well done guys! Ka pai to mahi.
Have you discovered it yet?Angus and Reuben became the leaders of the project and worked on it to the very end, preparing the site, laying the house in place and making a very cool sign.
To date we have seen spiders, lady bugs and baby cockroaches.