Ngaa tamariki have been learning about the recycling system of our city Hamilton. They have been making links to their wider world through recognising the bins and crates that we use. In July of this year, we will be starting a new recycling system here in Hamilton. Ngaa tamariki have had a head start and have learned what bin is for recycling, what bin is for rubbish, what bin is for food scraps and what the crate will be used for now. Our tamariki already are aware of the effects food … [Read more...]
The benefits of beginning education for sustainability (EfS) in early childhood education are becoming widely known. There is a growing concern in the western world that children’s access to the outside world is decreasing and children are becoming disconnected from nature and thus not gaining in the foundational ethic of care toward the environment.
~ Croft Anita, NZ Tertiary College - Leading the change toward education for sustainability in early childhood education. Peer-reviewed paper: Vol 5, No 1 - May 2017
Here at Play to Learn we believe in supporting ngaa tamariki connections to the natural and living world through connecting to Papatuuaanuku and her tamariki. Each month we will be highlighting activities that the teachers and children will be involved in with implementing sustainable practices. We are looking to raise awareness via Play to Learn by making our own small contribution to sustainability in Aotearoa.
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From garden to table Through companion planting and a whole lot of Aroha, our sustainable gardens are flourishing. Ngaa tamariki loves taking the time to nourish their gardens and even construct many of their own watering systems too. With fresh lavender and pollination from the bees, our pataka kai provides tamariki, kaiako and whaanau nutritional spray-free kai including cauliflower, strawberries, chives, rosemary, silverbeet and celery. The tamariki will pick what may be needed for lunch … [Read more...]