THE TUI SCHOOL GARDEN CHALLENGE – WHAT IS IT?
The Tui School Garden Challenge is an annual competition to find the best school or early childhood garden in New Zealand. The aim of the competition is to encourage ‘growing and learning’ and sharing this with the wider community. 2013 is the third year in a row that Albany Kindergarten has entered. Designing, growing and maintaining a garden is part of the process.
At Albany Kindergarten we have always seen gardening and the outdoors as a important learning tool and in considering sustainable practices.
We are inspired by Janet Luke’s book Green Urban Living.
” The secret to gardening with kids is to make it fun and exciting, and to involve all the senses, especially taste, touch and smell. Don’t wrap your kids in bubble wrap. Let them explore, get dirty, climb trees, eat carrots with dirt on them and cuddle their chooks. Children don’t notice a professionally landscaped garden or views. They are interested in what is in front of their noses: what it tastes like, how it smells and what it can be used for.” – Janet Luke.
This ethos is something that we are embracing at kindergarten…
This year we are extending our outdoor gardens and developing the ‘orchard area’ which is situated beside the storage shed… We will keep you updated on our blog…
You may even like to come and do some gardening with us- let us know!