• Iris Windsor

Who Has Been Eating My Garden????

There is no better way for children to learn about the world than to get out into it. The children at Dragonfly's Early Learning have discovered that during the night, the bugs have been eating their seedlings. Time to go bug hunting!!!

Bug hunting encourages children to explore the gardens in an open ended way that will lead to adventures and imaginative play.

These little Dragonflies have taken a walk around the garden to find where the insects are hiding. Much of the fun of bug hunting is learning more about the bugs that you find. While younger children are happy to just look at what they find, older children will be interested to learn more

By incorporating nature education into the curriculum, educators can help children find answers to many questions. This helps to develop inquiring minds, curiosity and wonder in the hope that children who experience nature education will develop positive attitudes about themselves, natural life, and the world around them. Introducing children to living things supports their curiosity, exploration and understanding

Early childhood Educators have identified 5 areas that support the value of nature education in early child development.

1. Nature education provides an important foundation of experiences and assists children in making sense of their world. In order to develop an appreciation of nature children need to engage in many repeated and varied opportunities over periods of time all year long. They need time to experience, explore, and process information in order to get beyond surface-level understanding.

2. Exploring nature provides children with many opportunities that transcend language and race. All children can come to appreciate the beauty, wonder, and common experiences provided by nature.

3. Experiences with nature can provide the real life context for children's books as well as for other activities. Children's books and classroom activities often focus on household pets, farm animals, and animals in the wild. Experiences with nature can help to reinforce concepts of great interest to children and can broaden the context of their learning.

4. Experiences with nature can help to stimulate children's own natural curiosity about their world.

5. Experiences with nature can help children to develop a respect for living things. Children who come to appreciate living things and understand the importance of the relationships among them will be less likely to hurt or destroy them.

Inspiration for this post was taken from an article by Janis R Bullock "Helping Children Value and Appreciate Nature"

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or call us on 07 5471 6500


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