Paying It Forward

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi

The notion of paying it forward has been around for years and is something which we foster and nurture, with our community of learners here at Albany Kindergarten. We want our children to explore such practices and thinking that embraces kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. Paying it forward also relates to the Maori concept of Manaakitanga where treating people with respect, showing kindness and hospitality are ethics of care.

COMMUNITY KITCHEN:

The notion of giving and ‘thinking of others’ is something that is deeply embedded within our philosophy here at Albany Kindergarten. We are always contemplating ways that we can support our community. The spirit of giving to others without expectations is an important life lesson that we want our children to develop. We have a community kitchen, that is accessible to all, and where the children, teachers and families all contribute.  Through providing children with these sorts of opportunities and experiences, it allows kindness to be explored.

FARMERS MARKET:

We have a famers market which works as a trade and exchange/ barter system with our local community. Quite often you will find fresh produce that has been harvested by our children and teachers from our gardens. Do you have produce at home that you would like to contribute?

Environmentally friendly practices are embedded in our kindergarten philosophy, “my teachers will develop an environment where sustainable practices and thinking is an integral part of the curriculum and in developing life long learning skills, knowledge and understanding” – Albany Kindergarten Philosophy. The Early childhood curriculum also supports this way of thinking through ‘wairuatanga’ which is spiritual awareness of the living world. Through active exploration, contribution and communication, children are learning how to tend and care for plants and how they can be a source of food for us or others.

August 2017

February 2017

Being part of the community.

By |February 20th, 2017|Categories: Paying it forward|

The spirit of giving to others without expectations is an important life lesson for all children. Through experience and practice, children develop their own thoughts, practices and values in regards to this concept. At Albany [...]

December 2016

November 2016

The Albany Allotment

By |November 6th, 2016|Categories: Community Kitchen, Empowering children, Enviroschools, Farmers Market, Learning for sustainability, Paying it forward, Sustainable communities, The Albany Environment|

The heart and soul of any community space is developed and created by the individuals that use the space. At Albany kindergarten, taking care of our environment, developing the spirit of giving to others without [...]

July 2016

In Conjunction with Bunnings…

By |July 21st, 2016|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Paying it forward, Sustainable communities|

We were fortunate recently to have some representatives from Bunnings Warehouse assist us with our garden development. Tina and her team (Nami, Ciela and Mike) from Bunnings Constellation Drive arrived with an array of plants [...]

April 2016

The Feijoa Forrest – helping to pay it forward 🙂

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Enviroschools, Paying it forward|

As the change of season starts to become more apparent, so to does the end of the summer harvest. The harvesting of food from our veggie gardens is something that we actively engage our learning [...]

October 2015

Give a Little…

By |October 11th, 2015|Categories: Paying it forward, Relating to others|

We hope that you have had a lovely holiday break and we look forward to seeing you all at kindergarten over the coming week. During the holiday break Michell and Fran had the opportunity [...]

July 2015

When Life Brings You Lemons…

By |July 6th, 2015|Categories: Enviroschools, Paying it forward|

We hope that you have been having an enjoyable holiday despite the chilly winter weather. At Albany Kindy over the last two weeks we have held our holiday programme, welcoming both new and old friends [...]

June 2015

Culture of Care.

By |June 5th, 2015|Categories: Community Kitchen, Empowering children, Paying it forward, Sustainable communities|

At Albany kindergarten we are encouraging our children to think of ways they can help others (by baking for the Community Kitchen), helping their peers and taking care of our environment. Today as part of [...]

April 2015

The Life of a Community Kitchen – cooking with love makes food for the soul…

By |April 21st, 2015|Categories: Community Kitchen, Empowering children, Enviroschools, Paying it forward, Sustainable communities|

In the April holidays the teaching team attended a workshop where Shelley Jolly from Grey Lynn Kindergarten shared aspects of their Enviroschools journey - (which has spanned over a decade). Coming away from this inspired [...]

June 2014

Cultivating Kindness…

By |June 16th, 2014|Categories: Belonging/Mana Whenua, Key Competencies, Paying it forward, Relating to others, Te Whāriki, Wellbeing/Mana Atua|

We often see children involved in acts of kindness here at kindergarten. Compassion, empathy and kindness are positive qualities we intuitively want our children to have. These qualities help children to be successful in all [...]

March 2014

Sharing Food, Sharing Culture…

By |March 24th, 2014|Categories: Enviroschools, Paying it forward, Respecting diversity|

The art of sharing food creates a 'new dynamic cultural space' where coming together offers the opportunity to get to know more about each other. In these moments rich and rewarding connections can be made. [...]

November 2013

The Art of Giving…

By |November 14th, 2013|Categories: Empowering children, Habits of mind, Key Competencies, Learning for sustainability, Participating and contributing, Paying it forward, Relating to others|

The notion of gift giving is something which we see embedded in our ‘culture of learning’ here at Albany Kindergarten. Gift giving offers children a way of exploring ideas around love, friendship and making special [...]

Recycle Week 11-17th November 2013

By |November 7th, 2013|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Farmers Market, Learning for sustainability, Sustainable communities|

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwTgV0znFAE&safe=active This coming week is recycle week in Aotearoa. I found this interesting u tube video that made me reflect on how we as consumers play such a vital role in the amount of waste [...]

October 2013

First harvest

By |October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Farmers Market, Habits of mind, Learning for sustainability, Māori perspectives, Paying it forward, Sustainable communities|

Our first harvest was completed by kaiako Michell and Tyler out of our raised garden beds today. And what a bountiful harvest it was. Kaiako Fran and the children have worked hard to make sure [...]

September 2013

Precious time.

By |September 24th, 2013|Categories: Paying it forward|

We had the pleasure of Kaylee’s Mum (Kate) company at kindergarten today as she made cupcakes with the children. With parents time being so precious we are grateful to whanau who are able to come [...]