How we play and learn in the animal’s spaces
Woden Valley is a vibrant community that hosts a diverse array of farm and native animals, such as ducks, chickens, joeys, and reptiles. In our educational approach, we regard these animals as invaluable co-workers, playing a pivotal role in teaching our children vital life skills. Interacting with these animals encourages empathy, as children learn to understand and respect the needs and behaviors of these creatures. It instills essential qualities like impulse control and responsibility, as children take on tasks such as feeding and caring for the animals. Additionally, our animal friends foster a deep connection with the natural world, imparting valuable lessons about sustainability and the welfare of all living beings.
Interacting with and caring for farm animals in early childhood education offers numerous benefits for young children. It provides hands-on, sensory-rich learning experiences that promote empathy, responsibility, and a deeper understanding of the natural world. Children learn to care for and feed animals, fostering a sense of responsibility and empathy as they observe the needs and behaviors of the animals. These interactions also support the development of fine and gross motor skills and can enhance language and communication abilities through discussions about the animals' characteristics and behaviors. Additionally, it helps children build a connection to nature and the food production process, instilling values of sustainability and animal welfare from a young age. Overall, farm animal interactions provide a holistic and engaging educational experience for young children.