Te Whariki in nature
Brought to you by Wendy, Lynn and Lorraine
Thank you to all who attended this fabulous event on 28 July. Please have a read of just some of the wonderful comments received from attendees below:
"Thank you so much for all the amazing presentations today. I go away today more inspired and regenerated to continue and give the best I can to all the children in my care to continue to explore and have confidence to face challenges"
"Really inspiring day - full of ideas, thoughts to take back to colleagues who weren't able to attend - especially around risk-taking in the outdoors. Excellent photos and videos of other centres"
"Thanks so much. So much knowledge, passion shared is really inspiring"
"Thank you for an enjoyable inspiring day from knowledgable passionate people!"
"Thank you all, I needed this!! Lots of inspiration again"
"100% perfect throughout the three presentations. They were all engaging, interesting and I have found a new/and in progress passion to start creating with my own centre. It was awesome! Ka pai"
"Everytime I come to anything that ELP has run I feel ready to tackle any problem and celebrate the learning that happens for children each day. Your workshops ground me, challenge me and inspire me"
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Programme for the day:
Back to nature, presented by Lynn Rupe
What do we have our roots in? What is New Zealand culture? What do we value? What makes us unique? What is all the fuss about green? Guy Claxton talks about rock and water thinkers - the rock thinker lament over the obstacles in the way and think if only we could. Water thinkers find the gaps and go for it anyway. What is it that we truly value about Aotearoa and the opportunities it allows for children? When I talk with teachers often the answer to this question is our love of outdoors. The question is then; are children experiencing enough of the great outdoors?
Forest Farm adventures, presented by Lorraine Sands
“I’m never, ever going to give up, on my life!” This resilient comment was heard from a young child climbing a steep bank in our ngahere. It was a difficult climb and yet not one of the nine children and two teachers on this adventure ever thought it was impossible. In the forest, week after week, resilience, resourcefulness, kindheartedness, courage and collaboration are the characteristics we see grow.
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.