At Aurora Southern Highlands Steiner School in Bowral, outdoor classroom projects are an important, integrated part of the curriculum.
Class 3/4 have been busy bees building insect hotels.
An insect hotel is partly art and partly winter habitat for beneficial insects such as bees and ladybugs.
Class 3/4 went for a fifteen minute walk up to the bamboo forest behind the school and sawed the bamboo poles. Other materials collected for the insect hotels were pine cones, twigs and banksia.
The children measured the length needed for the bamboo sticks and sawed the poles into pieces. The children also sawed the recycled hardwood fence palings needed to assemble the boxes. They then hammered the nails in to put it all together.
Lastly the children arranged the plant materials within the box, packed tightly so everything will stay put. The insect hotels will be hung up at different spots throughout the school grounds.
2019 is the celebration of 100 years of Steiner/Waldorf education. As part of the celebration Steiner schools all over the world are collaborating on projects, one of which is Bees and Trees. For more information about Bees and Trees, please have a look at the website, https://www.waldorf-100.org/en/project/bees-trees/Aug 2019