Week 4th – 7th March.
The highlight of this week was the delivery and installation of our new Tanbark for our playground – this was an exciting experience for the children, as the tanbark was delivered in a very large truck and pumped around the playground through giant hoses – very spectacular ! This meant that we were not able to use most of our playground while this was happening. So when the children arrived in the morning we had a group meeting to discuss this. I explained what was going to happen, and that we could watch but that only the verandah and a small grass area would be available for them to use for play, and that they would need to be very sensible. We had set up activities in these so they could be busy. The children listened carefully and showed responsibility and the confidence and ability to adapt to different circumstances – we were very proud of them. We watched the proceedings unfold as the morning wore on and our playground was transformed.
Afterwards we discussed as a group what had occurred , what tanbark was, and the children suggested other uses for tanbark as in gardens etc. I had taken some photos, and the next day we looked at them and the children remembered the experience. We also talked about trees in general and the children contributed ideas – for growing leaves, for growing fruit, for shade, for climbing, for being in parks and gardens. I then read the book titled “From Trees to Paper” which describes the process of how paper is made from trees – this surprised some children, and we discussed things that are made from paper, and therefore from trees. The tanbark experience developed into a wonderful opportunity for learning.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.