Sustainability is an important part of our curriculum and we incorporate it in all rooms from Infants to Preschool.
Our toddler children helped Yvette set up their new worm farm. They have been discussing what they eat and how they are going to collect the leftover food for the worms to eat.
They have also been discussing why they have a worm farm and are hoping to collect lots of worm wee as it will be good for our garden.
The kinder 3 and preschool have been busy building their new chicken coop. They will be buying ex battery farm hens for us to look after and give a better life to. We hope that we might even get some eggs from our hens!
They have also been busy building their new garden beds. The children want to grow lots of Vegetables and if we can grow enough, we might be able to set up a stall and sell our fresh produce to buy more vegetables to grow. The Kinder 3 have started the process by planting some seeds in an egg carton.
Once the seeds grow, they can plant them, leaving them in the egg cartons so not to disturb the roots, in the big garden beds outside and watch them grow even bigger.
Not only are we teaching sustainability but children are also learning:
•Responsibility – from caring for plants
•Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
•Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
•Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
•Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
•Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
•Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
•Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
•Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.
We’re excited to see how much more we can learn from being “green”!