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A Big Idea Outdoor Experience with Niki Buchan, a Nature Pedagogue from Au...

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Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

The Gatehouse, Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

2854 Ramsay Concession 8

Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0

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An Outdoor Experience with Nature Pedagogue, Niki Buchan, from Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy, Australia http://www.naturallearning.net.au/

"Niki has developed a reputation in Australia as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high quality childhood, including having regular access to nature and having their voices heard. She is considered a leading voice in promoting Nature-based practice, her practical book Children in Wild Nature” was published by Teaching Solutions in 2015, and was adapted for the UK market and published by Bloomsbury as "A Practical Guide to Nature-based Practice". She is an adventurer, keen photographer, is seldom seen without a camera in her hand and is usually surrounded by children! "

Our day will have three big ideas that we will explore together…

Bringing adventure back into play: outdoor learning environments & documenting children’s play

In a risk averse culture true play opportunities have become limited, playgrounds have become over supervised, over structured, over safe and often ... downright BORING! In this motivational session we will investigate and share environments that promote and indeed encourage children to play, to be engaged, to challenge themselves, to take emotional, social and physical risks. We will explore the adult role, the importance of assessing not just the risk but the benefit to children’s well-being, of creating engaging play opportunities that may involve an element of risk. We will share a range of inspiring, inexpensive and achievable ideas on creating high quality play opportunities using loose parts in any playground. Play spaces that will encourage wellbeing, engagement, imagination, creativity, social and emotional development, risk taking, problem solving, science, technology, engineering, maths, literacy, - incredible learning opportunities and most importantly, that sense of adventure! We will also explore child friendly documentation that makes the incidental learning and thinking children's play visible.


The adult role in a high quality environment: exploring the difference between interference and interaction

There is a fine line between interference and interaction, that feeling when children's play stops or changes as soon as the adult comes along. Sadly, many well intentioned adults tend to interfere with children's play instead of facilitating high quality opportunities. We will explore the role of the adult, knowing when to step in and interact and when to step back to allow learning to happen naturally. We will look at examples of high quality physical environments, what they look like or more importantly, what they should ‘feel’ like?

STEM Detectives: Identifying the STEM in children’s play

This part of our day helps you see what children are doing through the STEM magnifying glass, identifying scientific thinking, mathematical thinking, problem solving, engineering principles and technology (and we don’t just mean computers, tablets and apps!). Once you know what to look for, you will see it everywhere! STEM Detectives will then give you the tools and strategies you need to extend these concepts and provide opportunities for children to continue to develop a love of STEM!

Our day will include: lunch and refreshments, you will need to dress for the weather, although we will have a lovely building for shelter! You will also need a water bottle, bug spray or sunscreen, hat and your sense of curiosity and fun.

We are also looking at arranging a special museum tour onsite and a local plant and tree identification guided walk at the close of our day together.

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Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

The Gatehouse, Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

2854 Ramsay Concession 8

Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0

Canada

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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