As 2019 draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on what the children have been learning about during winter term, and I think you'll be able to see for yourselves that their beautiful artwork tells a thousand stories. Every little mark means something, no matter how big or small, and the reports I've heard back from nursery staff about what the children remember about some significant conservation issues, is terrific and makes it all worthwhile.
A few weeks after a workshop on the Amazon fires at the start of term, three-year-old Milly saw a picture of a sloth in a book. One of the teacher's asked her what she remembered from drawing these animals with me, and she said, 'Sloths live in the Amazon rainforest, but it's burning down and taking away their homes, so then they have nowhere to live.' Not only did Milly remember what the workshop was about, but she showed compassion for the animals affected by the fires. What a great start for children learning how to respect and love our planet's biodiversity.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year! Perhaps with the new beginnings and new hopes of positivity 2020 will bring, we might all strive to be a little greener where we can. If you'd like to find out more on this subject, the article below by Greenpeace is quite interesting.