We have chickens!
Earlier this year we made the decision to hatch chickens, something we have done before, but this time we want to keep them, grow them up, so the children would have the ongoing experience of caring for them.
The children’s learning extended far beyond that of watching the eggs hatch, talking about this with their peers and educators throughout the day and the odd drawing that linked back to what they had seen. Involvement in this project supports their growing appreciation and care for living things and their environment, they will explore relationships with other living things and develop an awareness of the impact human activity has on the environment and other living things.
By caring for our chickens and participating in all the other activity that goes with caring for animals in general the children will have the opportunity to explore, infer, predict and hypothesize in order to develop an increased understanding of the interdependence between land, people, plants and animals. (Belonging, Being & Becoming The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, Page 29)
Educators will support the children’s learning by embedding sustainability in daily routines and practices and by discussing with children and providing opportunities for the children to attend to the needs of the chickens.
The methodology which drives educator practices is to implement a holistic approach. One where:
- learning is organic, emergent, experimental and based on cooperation. Pre-planned teaching is facilitated only so far as to initiate open ended questioning and inquiry;
- There are strong connections to nature, with the care and connection to the environment, including animals is incorporated throughout the child’s day and our curriculum.
If we look towards sustainable practices we would also like to think that we will be able to supply the kitchen and our direct community with some eggs.