Our Kindergartens first walking excursion

Our Kindergartens first walking excursion

Our Kindergartens first walking excursion.

 

Children’s Week is around the corner and this year’s theme is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 29 – Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents, their cultures and other cultures.

( http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/childrensweek.aspx )

 

A small group of team members came together and brainstormed ways we could come together as a community, and do three activities across the week that would intertwine  not only with the theme of Children’s Week, but also with what was happening in the rooms and the service.  One of the three, was a group canvas painting- something that everyone could add in any way that they liked, BUT, we wanted to create paintbrushes with natural materials  – it will be a great way to introduce and teach children (especially our Kinder and Butterfly rooms who have been painting still life and self portraits), about how different cultures and communities create their art.

Then like a lightbulb – we had the idea of the Kinder children taking a walk to our local park and collecting the materials for the paintbrushes themselves. Oh the buzz that filled that planning room was enough to launch a rocket into space. So in three days, we assessed, planned, mapped out and gained permission to take our VERY FIRST excursion.

The day finally came, and the children were taught important lessons about walking in the great outdoors. Slip, Slop and Slap, bags were packed and our four Kinder children set out on a journey…

To be continued…