Te Whāriki in Nature
Saturday 25 May, 8.30am–3.15pm: The Pines, Houghton Bay, Wellington
ONE DAY, 3 WORKSHOPS: ONLY $150 (includes morning tea and lunch)
Back to nature, presented by Lynn Rupe
In the past decade, the benefits of connecting to nature have been well documented in numerous scientific research studies and publications. This research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. Experiencing nature assists children with their holistic development. Come and discuss why experiencing a natural outdoor environment is vital to children’s holistic development. Look at what is possible lift our view from the rock, find the gaps and go for it anyway.
Forest Farm adventures, presented by Lorraine Sands
During this session we share the stories that contribute to learning identities as children tackle challenge, assess risk and make decisions about their learning during our farm/forest adventures at Greerton Early Childhood Centre. We look too at the risk benefit analyses and the practical ways the teaching team at Greerton, over the last 5 years, have made these weekly visits possible.
Capturing the spirit of the outdoors, presented by Wendy Lee
Many ECE environments currently lack connection with nature and we know that children who do not experience nature and the outdoors are very unlikely to develop an affinity for and protect the environment in the future. We therefore have a responsibility to be powerful advocates for reconnecting children the outdoors, both within the setting and beyond the walls of the setting. One of the most effective ways of doing this is the day-to-day documentation of the learning in your setting.
Bring two or three ‘outdoor’ Learning Stories to share, there will also be opportunities for you to consider how you might develop your advocacy role within these Learning Stories.