Saturday, November 16, 2013
Just cool enough to bring a sweatshirt, but leave it hanging on the hook.
Just warm enough to play without getting too hot to enjoy the darkening day.
Just messy enough to take turns sweeping the leaves
but never care if they really get picked up.
Just fluffy enough to sit in a pile but not comfy
enough to stay too long awhile.
Fall is for leaving the leaves and
loving the falling
of the day.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
What a wonderful use of pots and pans,
unstrung wind chimes and a fence
with a long lifeline.
Just hanging on the fence waiting for some attention.
For inspiration, all these boys needed was a couple of sticks
and to hear the potential sounds that could be made.
And it was a concert!
This is a terrific way to channel that energy that looks like
swinging and hitting
with what otherwise might be weapons.
When these motions are channeled the kids are swinging and batting
at musical instruments that make sound.
Then, recognizing they can change and control the
sounds by how they 'hit' the item
their energy is focused
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Nature provides enough opportunities for learning, measuring, experimentation and discovery.
Opportunities for social interaction, cooperation and compromise.
Taking risks within limits and finding success.
Encouraging one another.
Leading and following.
Engineering at the preschool level.
Discovering and respecting life in its natural spaces.
After all, it's EARTH day!
Well, yesterday was.
And looking for more life form, worms, bugs and squishy things.
Hands-on learning (without a teacher telling us a thing) about weight,
measurements, lengths and leverage awareness.
...and more discovery.
And more success!
Friday, April 12, 2013
Social development and learning to communicate are true skills that pre-kindergarten children will develop in a social environment.
Independent and directed learning is one way to discover, but sharing, taking turns and finding ones own voice...that happens in an organic conversation is priceless.
Younger children benefit from parallel or associative play, where learning and operating is done more 'side by side'.
Independent play, while necessary at a younger age is still an amazingly useful skill for children who are entering kindergarten. This child's ability to focus in a social environment will help her succeed in school.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Toddlers can enjoy Friday picnic day. A little sunshine through the open door.
Outside in the dappled light are the walking toddlers, enjoying the sunshiny day....
Sharing their food and smiles, socializing as toddlers do...
...they eat their finger foods in anticipation of next week...
Will that be the picnic day when they will walk outside?
Walking or crawling, a beautiful day with a classroom full of toddlers is a great thing!
Saturday, February 2, 2013
If you're cold, just put on your coat.