Monday, February 14, 2011

Kindergarten at the farm in the Playground Paddock

It was Monday again and time for our second Kindergarten at the farm trip. We met at the Felt Room again and after playing a little soccer, we headed off. We took a detour past the cows who were waiting for the vet. After this we set off through the paddocks. It was amazingly hot and sunny, so we needed lots of drinks, and our hats too. We set up in the top playground paddock where we had morning tea and then with magnifying glasses and binoculars we started to explore turning over rocks, looking for bugs and inventing games. 
What learning is happening here?
There were wonderful learning opportunities using the magnifying glasses, turning over rocks and investigating what was living underneath. We found slaters, spiders, ants, and other creepy crawlies. It was exciting to be in a BIG BIG space and to be able to explore at our own pace. Working together to shift the rocks, and put them back again, sharing knowledge about what they might be under there and just hanging out together made for a very successful second day.

The next day we drew our favourite part of the Kindergarten at the farm day. As teacher’s we found that children are able to describe and discuss in much more detail favourite parts of the experience as they revisit through drawing.

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