March 2015

Halfway There

29 March 2015
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Over 5 weeks have passed and it’s hard to believe that I’m more than halfway through my time working in Australia. I’ve had the privilege of working in Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Australia Capital Territory (ACT).

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Protected: Riverside Outdoor Literacy 24.3.16

25 March 2015

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Embedding Money Outdoors

23 March 2015
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One of my favourite fairy tales as a child was Dick Whittington. I was always fascinated by the idea of streets being paved with gold. Whilst in Adelaide, I discovered a similar concept. On the ground outside a cafe on Rundle Street, lots of coins had been embedded into the ground.

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Art Posts

19 March 2015
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At Clairvaux Catholic Primary School in Geelong, the entrance to the school has a series of wooden posts which have been given a magical makeover.

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Table Top Provocations

16 March 2015
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As I travel through Australia, I’m getting the opportunity to meet and interact with many fantastic early years educators. This is such a privilege. At Penguin in Tasmania, the ECET organisers provided some table top provocations which left me inspired and impressed. Because I’m so focused on the outdoors I rarely consider what the indoor […]

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Protected: Nature Play Conference 12.3.16

12 March 2015

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Repurpose school books into seed packets

11 March 2015
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There are many books especially textbooks and non-fiction books which are simply no longer fit for purpose. Some charities, such as Books Abroad, will take unwanted educational texts, but their criteria needs to be checked and only specific books can be donated. Recently I met Bridgette Watts, who is an active member of the volunteer organisation Urban […]

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Protected: Aberdeen City Probationer Meet 10.3.16 Literacy

10 March 2015

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Where Water Meets Sand and Rock

9 March 2015
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At the Macquarie Lake Variety Playground, the water zone particularly interested me. It was not an especially big area. Yet, the attention to detail in the design really appealed to my love of places where different elements and materials cross the boundaries of the zones or designated areas.

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Protected: Outdoor Play from Scratch 8.3.16

8 March 2015

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The Macquarie Play Spiral

6 March 2015
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At the Macquarie Lake Variety Playground, there is a performance space which is intriguingly mathematical. From a distance, it just looks like a wavy wall – cute in a wall-ish, playful sort of way. After all, walking along a wall is a popular activity and this wavy-curvy wall is suitably low enough to entice little […]

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Protected: East Ayrshire Outdoor Literacy 5.3.16

5 March 2015

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Protected: East Ayshire Maths 5.3.16

5 March 2015

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Design Ideas for Bike, Trike & Scooter Play

2 March 2015
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One of the key zones at the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground is the Circuit Zone where children can bring their small bikes, scooters and other wheeled toys. Children are free to ride around the whole playground yet this zone has sufficient appeal that there were lots of children playing here continuously. Most early years educators know the […]

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Protected: Outdoor Learning Mile End 1.3.16

1 March 2015

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