Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) Eastern Maar Country Trees are great teachers especially when larger and much older than humans. They compel me to stop rushing forward to some urgently imagined destination. "Move out of the sagittal plane (the plane of time/duration) into verticality (the plane of presence)" they might say. They mutually support through roots... Continue Reading →
Proprioception and it's importance in early movement development. How can proprioception be supported in very young children's active outdoor play in early childhood settings? Llewellyn in conversation with Kim Sargent-Wishart PhD, RSME/RSMT. https://soundcloud.com/sonic_samadhi/proprioception-in-early-childhood-and-the-outdoors
Photo by Mary Taylor on Pexels.com For some reason this has been on my radar for some time. Having lived and worked in a number of big cities, smaller regional and rural towns one notices distinct differences in heat island effects between larger and smaller urban environments. Densely populated urban environments with large tracts of... Continue Reading →
In this wide ranging conversation Llewellyn and Melanie reflect on what SAKGF and early childhood sector partners are learning through the early years kitchen garden pilot project 2016-2019.
Edges in a children's centre rural NSW, Australia - Photos: Llewellyn Wishart Early childhood practitioners, children and families ever thought about that slightly wild, weedy corner or edge of your kindergarten or childcare centre outdoor space? Do you want to "tidy it up" at the next working bee coz it's messy, unsightly or potentially non-compliant?... Continue Reading →
How can early childhood educators be supported to teach outdoors? Moving to learn outdoors can mean so many things...
What do children need for active play in the outdoors? In-depth research with six early childhood educators revealed what mattered to them when thinking about young children moving and being active in outdoor learning environments. According to these educators children need to: explore and practice fundamental movements; have freedom & open space to... Continue Reading →
Formidable Vegetable Sound System have done it again with a quirky poignant tribute to one of Permaculture's founders Bill Mollison who died last year. Check it out here: http://www.pipmagazine.com.au/connect/bill-mollison-tribute-song-launch-trees-eat-us-formidable-vegetable-sound-system/ While your at it if you are looking for fun music to get children and grown-ups singing, dancing and more eco-literate you can't go past Formidable... Continue Reading →
Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens Photo: Llewellyn Wishart Developing nature-rich outdoor environments for young children takes conviction, creativity, planning, negotiation, design sense and skills in early childhood pedagogy. Early childhood educators here in Australia are being offered more and more professional development in this area with flow-on benefits for children, families and even... Continue Reading →