We are ever so lucky that our preschool is bordered by beautiful natural bushland. We value the bush as a part of our learning environment, and take small groups of children out into it on (almost) a daily basis.

When I found a poem "This is my Rock" by David McCord, it instantly spoke to me of the feeling of ownership we are seeing in our kids after months, and in some cases a couple of years of exploring our bush trail.

This is My Rock

by David McCord

This is my rock
And here I run
To steal the secret of the sun;

This is my rock
And here I come
Before the night has swept away the sky;

This is my rock,
This is the place
I meet the evening face to face.

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Comment by Amanda Speer on April 6, 2011 at 3:28pm
I love this poem!  You can just see the kids connecting with the earth as they climb about and lay upon the boulders. 
Comment by Jennifer Kable on June 21, 2010 at 7:09pm
Thanks Suz.
Comment by Suz Lipman on June 21, 2010 at 6:50am
This is really beautiful, Jennifer. You capture such a keen sense of place by matching these joyful pictures to the lovely poem. Your preschool and its program sound so terrific -- I love reading about them.

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