We utilize the natural resources of Cape Eleuthera weekly for educational purposes
On Tuesdays we get to learn about research and new and innovative sustainable systems on our campus. We alternate going to CEI (Cape Eleuthera Institute) and CSD (Centre for Sustainable Development) and learn about some of the fantastic things that are going on around us. We loved learning about Stingrays and helping to create a temporary home for them in the CEI wetlabs where we even got to feed them. We help water the plants in the orchard and enjoy learning about how to care for the pigs and chickens at the farm. We have been joined by educators from CSD to help us learn about renewable energy and how to harness the energy from the sun to make a solar oven.
On Wednesdays, our classroom becomes the beach and the ocean. We spend a lot of our time exploring and using the shallow sloped beach, on campus, as our very own natural swimming pool. The children benefit from regular opportunities to get wet and gain confidence in the water. Each child will be given support to learn to swim or improve their swimming ability. We also help the children learn to use a mask and snorkel so that they can explore what is beneath the surface. Occasionally we will venture further afield and jump aboard a boat to explore the sandbar and local creek systems. On colder days, we stay on the shore and explore what the beach has to offer. We collect natural materials, build shelters, learn about the plants and other living things found at the beach and play beach themed games.
Our Forest Friday program has developed from the European Forest Kindergartens/Preschools where children spend almost all of their time outside. Our children spend all morning at a forest campsite on the edge of our campus. By clearly identifying a safe boundary they have the freedom to explore the area independently. Here we follow a similar daily routine by having our morning meeting and snack in the forest. Younger children are then given ample time for unstructured learning with the opportunity to partake in activities like shelter building, campsite craft, building fairy houses, crafts with natural materials etc. Our older children get the opportunity to incorporate their academic work in a natural setting for example: measuring natural objects, writing ‘poe-tree’, using the natural environment as a stimulus for stories etc.