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21 Princes Street, Kensington, Whangarei, New Zealand

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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Glenbervie Adventure Forest

Last Friday as part of our 'nature programme' (where we take our ten eldest children into Mairpark for a full Kindergarten session of nature education) we decided to do something different and visited the 'Glenbervie Adventure forest'.

Here we are having our safety briefing.

We were lucky enough to visit the Glenbervie forest once last term, so a few of our children were quite experienced and highly knowledgeable about what to do and to expect and became great guides and teachers for those children who were new to the experience.

The children demonstrated what great concentration skills they have, as they remembered to transfer the carabiner clips one at a time.

 The rope course required a great deal of determination and a 'can -do attitude' in order to succeed - it was a real challenge.

 Despite the rain (extremely heavy at times!) we all had a fantastic morning. Click here to see a link to the Adventure forest web site.

We were quite exhausted after our busy morning - the bus ride home was a much quieter affair.          

The course provided many opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem as they engaged in new challenges and were able to recognise their own growth and accomplishments, as well as being a great way to use and develop gross motor skills.

Here is a short video/photo clip of the morning.

We view our 'Nature Programme' at Mairtown as an invaluable addition to our curriculum, it provides ample opportunities for children to explore nature in an unhurried and non-pressured environment. Have a look at the video clip below which we prepared for a recent presentation and shows the children at Mairpark - the usual destination at which we meet each Friday.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, inspiring stuff...your nature programme looks fantastic. It's awesome to see kiwi kids enjoying NZ great outdoors and obviously gaining a lot of confidence and developing skills to see them right for life in the process!

Bream Bay Kindergarten.