Posted by Ruth Bode / 10:58 PM /
Our students love to use natural materials in our gardens to create cubbies, pathways, miniworlds, racetracks, etc. One day, when I was on yard duty, I noticed this group of very industrious kids working collaboratively to design and construct an obstacle course for our chooks.
These old tree rounds and others find themselves all around the school and they are used for many different purposes.
at 10:58 PM | Labels: chooks
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:59 PM /
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:41 PM /
More planting tomorrow........
Here our Level 1 and 2 students are adding bulbs to last year's box plantings. You can see that some of last year's bulbs are already coming up.
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:17 PM /
On Monday we had a surprise visit from two ducks who decided they would stay a while in our Frog Habitat pond. Level 3 students watched quietly while these two visitors enjoyed a chilly morning swim in our pond. It's great to see our Frog Habitat being enjoyed by a variety of creatures........no frogs yet though ;(
Some students were fascinated with the ripples on the surface of the pond....makes you wonder if some kids ( and adults) don't spend time just quietly observing some of the amazing little wonders of nature without the noise and rush of normal everyday life.
Posted by Ruth Bode / 2:32 PM /
The consideration for many of our plantings in our garden have been to select drought tolerant and native plants. We also try to select plants with a few purposes. Fruit/shade trees, plants which smell great and we can also eat, bamboo that we can use for staking our plants, bush tucker plants and flowering plants for learning and bringing birds into the garden, plants that slow the movement of water across our garden to prevent flooded areas in our garden etc.
Two of our latest plant purchases are not natives but are trees which will particularly indicate seasonal change. One is a weeping cherry, another is a beautiful maple. Both have been planted in our Discovery Garden along with two gorgeous native flowering gums which will be a "food bar" to our bird population and will provide shade in this area too.
Every season will show changes in these wonderful trees which were purchased with prize money from last year's Victorian State Schools Garden Awards competition, one we enjoy entering each year.
Thanks to my long suffering husband Steve, who collected them and planted them with me this weekend.... what a great supporter of our school!
Look out for photos soon
Posted by Ruth Bode / 11:43 AM /
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:40 PM /
“Without continuous hands-on experience, it is impossible for children to acquire a deep intuitive understanding of the natural world that is the foundation of sustainable development. ….A critical aspect of the present-day crisis in education is that children are becoming separated from daily experience of the natural world, especially in larger cities.”
Natural Learning, Creating Environments for Rediscovering Nature’s Way of Teaching, Robin C. Moore and Herb H. Wong
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:19 PM /
Tamsin in Level 2 brought this to school today. She had made it at home in response to an earlier lesson about how we can make a difference to the health of our planet. I think she will!!!!
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:02 PM /
at 9:02 PM | Labels: Sustainable Futures classroom
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:35 PM /
Posted by Ruth Bode / 7:50 PM /
Posted by Ruth Bode / 7:58 PM /
Lessons in Sustainable Futures often revolve around what is happening our gardens and today with our focus on the Bush Tucker Garden our discussions included how our indigenous Aborigines cared for their environment when gathering their food. One plant which is fruiting at the moment is the Midyim Berry (Austromyrtus Dulcis). We had a tasting of this delicious berry and I noticed that some students returned at recess to have another taste.
at 7:58 PM | Labels: Bush Tucker Garden