What a glorious day! Every child did a fantastic job of being an explorer, adjusting to new circumstances and listening to rules for safety.
Story of the Day:
We met our 5-day friends on the cement patio for music with Lauren and Marit.
We walked into the forest. Our destination was the Stone Circle for yoga with Kirsten (she's a certified yoga instructor!) and snack.
We had a fair yoga distraction...
We played hide and side and snacked at the stones. On our way back through the forest, we discovered larger than life sculptures. Check out Harvest Preserve's website for information about the sculptures found on and around the property.
But wait! There's more...
A favorite book in our class is "We're Going On a Bear Hunt" which led to several stuffies making a very odd and unexpected appearance in our nature immersion experience.
We ended our day with small group 'stations'.
Thank you, children and families, for your patience and flexibility. It was lovely to spend a day discovering and playing in nature together!
Our Delicious Pancake recipe
1. Combine dry ingredients.
2. Mix milk, banana and applesauce.
3. Slowly stir wet ingredients into the dry bowl. (Use a spoon or a mixer.)
4. Add melted butter and stir.
5. Pour onto hot pan or griddle. Have an adult add 3-4 chocolate chips per pancake before flipping.
We had snack 'restaurant style'. It was a good thing we had some big kid helpers (Preucil alumni Noe & Samuel Richman (Jen's children), Kenley Williamson (Kirsten's daughter) and Nadia Spragg (my daughter) to help out.
Pancakes, with choice of chocolate chips, maple syrup, canned whipped cream or homemade whipped cream
We ended our day with a Preucil alumni violin concert. Thanks Noe, Nadia and Samuel for sharing your talent!
An invitation to play is an arrangement or environment we create that encourages:
exploration, investigation, manipulation, creative play and much more!
This set up includes: paper butterflies, play frogs, sandstones, jeweled bracelets, real plants and a big plastic fly.
A couple of responses:
Our biggest invitation to play of the week, a giant cardboard box.
Clay, Turtles, Rocks and Flowers (and a puzzle piece? :) )
We talk in our circle time about inviting friends to play. As you all know, each child is unique. One child may individually engage in materials or an art work for some time, while another seeks out the kinship of a playmate to share in the joys of art and play. For many, it is the first time navigating social interactions, community and friendships outside of the family construct and guidance.
In our class, new and seasoned preschoolers alike, are doing a great job of making friends. Sometimes it is personality that draws two or together, many times it is a common interest. We talk about creating an environment where it is ok to make close friends and play with someone new, if the opportunity arises. And, it's ok to want space or take a break from a friend. We talk about moving through our day with kindness.