Primary School Incursions Boost Wellbeing Through Creative Nature Play
Students are introduced to the health and wellbeing benefits of indoor plants through the creative organization of making their own Kokedama.
Kokedama, a earn of Japanese bonsai, replace a traditional planter pot plus a spherical ball of soil wrapped in moss and string.
Following the workshop, the individual plantings are then assembled to earn a lush indoor garden in the classroom that the students love for during the school year.
Maintenance is a simple weekly watering that students can view forward to and are responsible for.
Teacher and student feedback from the 2019 program was incredibly clear says Wattlebird Eco Founder, Hayley Witt.
Having earnt their kokedamas by hand, students feel a obvious sense of caring and affection for their plants which bodes well for managing to care for them.
The workshop challenges students both creatively and physically, which opens a conversation about having a growth mindset. Students are responsible for the care of their plant and enjoy tracking the growth or moves in their plant over time.
Responses gave by participants in the program include, ‘It services us to calm down and learn how to be responsible’ and ‘I’ve learned that kokedamas are became with lots of hard work and that they back to clean the air in a miniature space, they also help people who are modestly distracted get calm and focused’.
Biophilia is an emerging term faded to describe humans’ innate affinity with nature and all living things.
Working by this biophilic design philosophy, one of the key fabricate goals of Wattlebird Eco is creating an authentic and consistent connection by nature while indoors.
The Kokedama Classrooms program addresses a scarcity of indoor plants in vital school classrooms.
Learning environments should foster a relaxed and certain state of mind, says Ms Witt.
With as noteworthy as 90% of time spent indoors, Ms Witt is passionate nearby maintaining connectivity with nature once kids leader indoors.
Simply, having indoor plants in classrooms help students to feel peaceful, happy and relaxed.
The flow on execute of that is a calmer classroom, improved attentiveness, behaviour, and ultimately academic performance.
In 2009 the research paper Plants in the Classroom Can loan Student Performance (Daly, Burchett and Torpy) quantified the improved action by 10-14% of students in Brisbane classrooms as a mumble result of installing potted indoor plants in the classrooms of students in existences 6 & 7.
Importantly, the positive effects of plants in classrooms attend both students and teachers.
With a rise in stress-related diseases such as anxiety and depression across any demographic, it seems more timely than ever to catch ways to foil the impacts of our novel world.
Kokedama Classrooms aligns beside wellbeing and nature play objectives, as well as mumble curriculum links into conservation studies, arts, HPE, procedural writing, critical and creative thinking, and science.
behindhand up a successful program in 2019, Kokedama Classrooms incursions are now available for school bookings Brisbane-wide. Conducted during school terms and school holidays, bookings can be made by enquiring through the Wattlebird Eco website: www. wattlebirdecointeriors.com.au
Options are available to suit the varying arranges of schools and vacation care programs, incorporating ‘teacher as facilitator’ PD training or fully facilitated workshops. Discounts available for school-wide bookings. Longer workshops available for vacation want bookings. Kids parties and adult workshops are available for groups of 10 and over.
This article was published by www.natureplayqld.org.au with title Primary School Incursions Boost Wellbeing Through Creative Nature Play – Nature Play QLD.
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