New Pilot Program! Cornucopia – The Kitchen & Garden by popular demand for children who love to grow and cook.
Our Sparks (ages 4-7) have been really enjoying participating in a World Cooking program for awhile now, much to the jealousy of many of the older children who want to participate as well. So here it is, a cooking and gardening program for ages 7-14!
Led by Ruth Gaha-Morris of The Scrumpers Garden (Aeoncademy’s in-house caterer), students will be introduced to cooking from scratch, making such things as yoghurt, cheese, muesli, bread and pasta, flavoured from the growing Garden at Aeoncademy.
We will be using herbs and plants from our newly established garden beds as well as doing winter planning for the ongoing development of the kitchen garden. This is a real hands-on learning experience of food, gardening and sustainability.
Named after the mythical Horn of Plenty, a symbol of abundance, we have named this budding kitchen & garden program Cornucopia.
To help us launch this program, we are putting out a call for any gardening or kitchen tools you are not using. Spades, rakes, Bread tins, mixing bowls, even electric appliances like frypans or slow cookers . Also glass containers. Please recycle your clean, glass jars with lids (all sizes) in our big green collection bin outside the art room. All donations gratefully received!
The Sparks Creative Play Program is especially oriented to the needs of our 4-7 year old age group including accepting children from Yarralumla Preschool and Montessori School. It provides an introduction to Aeon’s distinctive approach to education and total human enrichment through creative experience.
Sparks at a theoretical level aims to foster creativity and develop enquiry and inquisitiveness about the world around and beyond us and our current understandings. The premise of Sparks is to create physical, emotional and social spaces that lead to interactions aimed at nurturing the creative spark within all children.
Planned interactions within the domains of the more specialised Aeoncademy programs of Vala, Creative Catalyst and more generally the Kitchen-Garden provide structured experiences which facilitate and support the Sparks to engage in a broad range of creative play – based development.
Vala interactions in Dramatic Make-Believe present the opportunity to engage in storytelling and character play enabling children to develop and broaden their language and social skills as well as their self confidence, control of their body and understandings of how to move through space. It is also a lot of fun and with Vala stories set at different times in history around the globe there’s always some interesting facts to learn.
Interactions in the art room and beyond with the Creative Catalyst program enable students to discover and develop visual languages, explore various materials, tools and techniques and learn to express themselves and their ideas in different ways all the while building on language, social, fine motor, adaptive, and creative skills.
The Kitchen-Garden is a tasty way that we engage all the senses in an exploration of the environment and broader world. Nurturing plants and others through food encourages the children to develop empathy, compassion, responsibility and adaptability. Further opportunities for children to engage in nurturing their creativity as well as engage in extending their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are enabled by encouraging the children to self-guide their own creative play as well as support them to interact in less structured environments during free-play sessions.