Having a small farm at the centre provides many opportunities for our tamariki to engage in a hands on learning approach as they experience feeding and looking after our Goats and chickens.
This supports the children to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world as we care, plan, prep and take an interest; caring and taking responsibility for our animals together.
At Kids Count Pukekohe we believe it is important for our tamariki to gain knowledge and an understanding of both their own environment and the wider world around them ..... there is no better way to do this than having the tamariki interact and be leaders in their learning environment with our beautiful farm and farm animals.
Learning and caring about our animals can also lead to other forms of imaginative play as we saw today. Kereama initiated feeding the pretend animals today, talking and asking the animals what they would like to eat....
Today we captured the children taking the pretend animals for a hīkoi around our herb garden......Mmm I wonder what the giraffe and zebra would like to eat today....mint, parsley, thyme....so much to choose from.
Kereama you had so much fun today, as you arrived at the Centre you helped Whaea Kirsten (centre manager) feed the goats and you helped Whaea Shirley (Whanau support) collect the eggs from the farm. What a wonderful opportunity to learn about and take responsibility for our animals at kura.
What an awesome morning you have had - kua pai to ata e Kereama.