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. . .  sensory kindergarden

The local junior school was looking for a design for a sensory kindergarden. Previously a fenced-in grassy space, the new garden is a winding, terraced journey through the five senses. It is now used as an outdoor classroom and educational resource for JK to Grade 3.

Before

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After

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Concept sketch
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Working closely with committee members, we created a rockery for ‘touch’, rainbow drifts
of colour for ‘see’, a herb garden for ‘taste’, fragrant blooms for ‘smell’, and an area with amarindas, chimes and drums - made by the children - for ‘hear’. We aim to use natural and recycled materials as well as low-maintenance perennials chosen to bloom in the Spring and Fall. Wide terraces and stepping stones into each ‘sense garden’ provide a safe place for kids to explore. The stones offer casual seating, so that classes can gather in front of the chalkboard and learn outdoors, and a large, circular table is perfect for examining specimens.
 

Construction
School parents and children planted the 'see' section in Fall 2010 and cut out the path this April. Volunteers built the 'touch' mound, and a number of classes planted the 'touch'  'see' and 'taste' sections. Classes are also working on 'hear' projects. In Phase Two, volunteers built stone seating for the classroom and, in 2012, more planting will be installed.

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