WINNER – COMMUNITY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2019

Balegrow winner of the EEV Environment Education Awards

Mission

To assist educators in Melbourne and surrounds, to implement a straw bale garden education program into their centre, that is:

Cost effective
Low maintenance
Sustainable
Meeting the framework requirements for sustainability and life cycle.

Please contact us for centres outside of Melbourne for more information.

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COMMUNITY EDUCATOR THE YEAR!

Balegrow is so excited to be the winner of the EEV Environment Education Awards – Community Educator of the Year.

Community Educator of the Year.
Kids garden in a strawbale - Balegrow early learning program

BaleGrow™ Sustainable Education Garden Program

Introducing straw bale gardening, worm farming and the Reduce, Reuse Recycle ethos, we can provide early childhood service providers with an engaging and educational experience for the children and educators.

Our intention is to assist educators by providing them with the tools, method and support to meet their intended outcomes. While delivering a creative, energetic and educational experience for the children that is ongoing once the incursion is complete.

Our sustainability programs are designed to provide a complete and simple solution to assist educators with a successful outcome.

Select from one of the following education programs

Demonstration Only

Ideal for those wanting to support children’s learning with topic’s
such as: animals, farming, sustainability, gardening and learning
through story telling.

*Discount applied if booked with program 2 or 3


Program Details

A 45-minute interactive and energetic presentation with an Old McDonald had a farm theme. This program is an introduction to sustainably and gardening through singing, story telling and hands on learning.

Up-cycled, hand-crafted props made entirely from recycled materials are a large part of the presentation. They are colourful, engaging and the children will love being emersed a version of this all-time classic. The presentation of the story and the final outcome of the session will be something that the educators and children have never seen before

Included in the session:

  • Story time
  • Sing-along
  • What we can find on a farm
  •  What is made on a farm
  • Who can be a farmer
  •  Handmade animal pots
  • Farm made by the children
  •  An introduction to recycling
  •  Visual props for the children to relate to

Additional travel charges will apply 30km outside of Somerville

Instant Straw Bale Garden

Ideal tool for learning about sustainable growing. Build an instant straw bale garden as part of the experience that you can keep and enjoy over the next 6-8 months


Program Details

An interactive 1.5-hour incursion including mat time and planting out 3 pre-prepared BaleGrow gardens.

The first 30 minutes will be full of props such as different methods of sustainable gardening and the unveiling of a well-established straw bale garden. Children will be touching wheat grain, loose and still on the stem.

The next 40 minutes’ will be outside. The first 10 minutes will be with the whole group chatting about what plants we are planting and benefits of growing our own food. Groups will be then split into 5-6 children to plant in their new straw bale garden.

The last 20 minutes will be gathering children back on the mat, re-capping what we have achieved and what the group is going to have to do to help look after the garden. What the garden may produce over the year and why should we eat healthy food.

Included in this session:

  •  Straw bale garden
  •  Seedlings for every child to plant
  •  Take home gift for every child
  •  Resource kit for educators to maintain the garden
  •  Many new and engaging learning experences

Program based on 25 children

Additional travel charges will apply 30km outside of Somerville

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle – Worm Farming

A 1 hour presentation that is full of energy and new hands on learning for everyone. This program is based around the important ‘Reduce, Reuse & Recycle’ ethos and is also an introduction straw bale gardening.

 

 


Program Details

The first 30 minutes we will introduce the children to the concept of the straw bale garden and the important role worms play in plant health. We will touch on different bugs you can find in the garden and demonstrate how we can have fun making puppets from rubbish. There will be storytime and singalongs.

The next 30 minutes will be spent on the mat learning all about fun worm facts. As a group, we will build a worm farm with the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ ethos a priority. The children will get to keep this worm farm in their room or outside.

Included in this session:

  •  Worm farm
  • Learning tools made from recycled materials
  • All recycled materials for the worm farm
  • Template for reporting
  • Regular contact to see how things are progressing and assist if needed

Program based on 25 children

Additional travel charges will apply 30km outside of Somerville

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