Dialogues with nature
A reflection by Elizabeth Battersby
What a privilege it was to attend the Dialogues in Nature seminar on 31 August presented by Claire Maley-Shaw, Head Teacher of Fiordland Kindergarten and Pam Wilson, Senior Teacher at Southland Kindergarten Association, Invercargill. Claire and Pam’s expertise in creating an outstanding “wild nature” learning experience for children and their love and respect for these children shone through. It is not surprising that Claire’s beautiful book about the Nature Discovery programme she runs for the children at Fiordland Kindergarten sold out rapidly. I would recommend this book to all teachers wishing to develop their own “environment as the third teacher” programme, especially one in which children can experience being in wild nature over a sustained period of time.