the ground on which we play
THE PLAY GROUNDS of Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten 2015
DECIDED TO START WITH THE THANK YOU'S FIRST !
SO THAT THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS ALL HAPPEN DONT END UP AT THE BOTTOM OF A LONG BLOG AND NOT GET SEEN.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED THUS FAR IN THIS PROJECT
the preschool committee (Charmaine Frith particularly) and community of parents and beyond
IN PARTICULAR THE IMMENSELY DEDICATED TEAM OF EDUCATORS AT QUIRINDI PRESCHOOL KINDERGARTEN
WELCOMING ATTITUDE TO ME AND THE PROJECT
OPENNESS TO NEW IDEAS
ABILITY TO ABSORB, IMPLEMENT and NURTURE CHANGE
WILLINGNESS TO GROW AND CHALLENGE
and most importantly
FRIENDLINESS, CARE AND LOVE FOR THE CHILDREN THEY GUIDE AND FOR EACH OTHER
without your enthusiasm we would not have done this....
The culmination of this year's COLLABORATIONS WITH NATURE WITH CHILDREN saw me head out to Quirindi
for a week intensive of bush excursions with children,educators and parents from this dynamic
community based preschool
the subsequent exhibition of created works and images at the annual and local BLACKVILLE ART SHOW !
BUT to see where all of this creativity was generated we must back track to
THE BUSH - the natural environment.
This is a video collage A SNAPSHOT OF OUR TIME IN NATURE was compiled and edited from that week
by one of the preschool's multi-talented educators Kaitlyn Graham.
Quirindi preschool is among a number of early childhood centres to embrace the idea of outdoor play
and education for sustainability as an important part of the curriculum. Through the project
the preschool has also engaged with the wider community linking with outdoor play groups
such as NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network ( ECEEN).
(Lucy Donoghue - parent + journalist)
..exploring, discovering and creating doesn't begin and end in the bush however-
it transfers back and forward between the preschool learning environment and the bush environments..
treasures collected ...
interesting finds investigated ...
a 'green foam ball' turned out to be ?
a praying mantis' egg carapace - from which 100's of babies emerge!
the preschool environment is similarly a 'total' learning and creative space..
ALL this creativity was encapsulated to be shared and displayed
at the 20th ANNUAL BLACKVILLE ARTSHOW !
The preschool's director Alison Thompson says "the successful project quickly evolved from teaching children
about sustainability into a new style of outdoor learning which offers a range of social, emotional, educational
and health benefits.
Our philosophy is to foster children to be aware of the environment they live in.
These need to be able to betransposed to any environment : city, metropolitan, rural and remote. “
Caroline Downer ( Executive Officer & Regional Arts Development Office) visited the preschool with Sue joining
a bush excursion also. It was fabulous to have Sue's input from early childhood and sustainability pedagogies
and Carloine's art and community perspective and their support for this project and it's ongoing developments.
Some possiblities for further exploring ephemeral artmaking within natural/urban environments are taking it into
a gallery setting with possible links to reqional galleries/communities via this partnering.
Sue Elliott generously forward some recources to me that you may like to look at yourselves for further insights,
inspirations and meaning for projects and programmes of this 'Nature'-(pun intended).
thank you very much Sue!
References for young children’s art include:
Rapunzel's Supermarket: All about Young Children and Their Art
It's Not a Bird Yet: The Drama of Drawing
- By Ursula Kolbe
Children's Imagination: Creativity Under Our Nose
- By Susan Wright
Understanding Creativity in Early Childhood: Meaning-Making and Children's Drawing
Turning Trash into Treasure for Young Children
- By Adam Buckingham
References for young children and nature include:
Davis, J. (Ed.) (2015). Young children and the environment: Early education for sustainability
(2nd ed.). Port Melbourne,Vic: Cambridge University Press.
Kellert, S. R. (2012). Birthright: People and nature in the modern world. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Knight, S. (2013). International perspectives on forest school: Natural places to play and learn. London: Sage Publications.
Taylor, A. (2013). Reconfiguring the natures of childhood. London: Routledge.
Some links of relevance are: