How we play and learn in the animal’s spaces
Woden Valley is home to a diverse group of farm and native animals including ducks, chickens, joeys and reptiles. The animals are considered co-workers and teach the children about empathy, impulse control, responsibility and caring for the natural world.
When children care for the animals by feeding, cleaning their water troughs and sleeping spaces, they take on the responsibility of caring for another living creature. As they play and learn in the animal’s spaces, they learn empathy and respectful sharing of their environment. As they wash their hands before and after entering the Narragunnawali garden, they become aware of hygiene and looking after their own health and the health of the animals.
When children collect the animal’s droppings for the compost bay, they learn about recycling and rejuvenating the soil. As they collect the eggs, they understand that animals will provide for us. As they experience the pregnancy of the animals and the incubation of the eggs, they learn about life.