Today was a day filled with energy.
The kind of energy that, when shared, gets things done!
We did not place any equipment or toys in our outdoor environment today. Instead, we invited our children to contribute to our gardens. The result? A class of pre-schoolers, 3 educators and a treasured volunteer parent all working side by side to continue our ongoing environmental development.
Reflecting our day and on National Quality Framework Quality Area 3 I feel that this is an area that our pre-school embraces daily and with passion. This passion comes from being immersed in our unique setting and the shared vision of educators and family members. Tying all of this together is our philosophy. As in all early childhood settings, our shared philosophy puts into words the deeply held values of our service and provides each of us with the reminder of what we strive to create.
What skills, understandings and values were supported during our garden morning?
- Plants have a cycle of life. Many food bearing plants need to be removed and replaced at the end of their season.
- Not all plants are able to be grown at all times of the year.
- The roots of a plant have important jobs to do: they bring water from the ground and they also help to hold the plant in the ground.
- Problem solving: how do we bring water to the courtyard when the hose does not reach that far? How can we move the rocks to the dry river bed garden when the bags are too heavy to move? How can we stop the wildlife from eating our young plants?
- Buying special plants can help to raise money for people who are sick.
- Items that are not needed anymore - such as old roof tiles - can be repurposed to use in our gardens.
- Shade is needed for some plants but not good for others.
- Many living creatures share our yard with us although many are only seen when we spend time in our garden.
- Team work and a shared sense of achievement.
Sweet corn, climbing beans, mixed lettuce, purple basil, tomato, tri colour capsicum, oregano, parsley, silver beet, coriander, strawberries, raspberries, cherry tomatoes, cabbage and mint.
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.