Saturday, November 16, 2013

Falling in Love with Fall

Just cool enough to bring a sweatshirt, but leave it hanging on the hook. 
That's fall.

Just warm enough to play without getting too hot to enjoy the darkening day.
 That's fall.

Just messy enough to take turns sweeping the leaves 
but never care if they really get picked up. 
That's fall.

Just fluffy enough to sit in a pile but not comfy
 enough to stay too long awhile. 
That's fall.

Fall is for leaving the leaves and
 loving the falling 
of the day. 

That's fall.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Inside or Outside, Nature is all around us in SUMMER!

The nature band, sticks and driftwood to drums and guitars, violins and microphone. Go kids!

What boy doesn't want to gaze into the fire?

How many Moms get to slide down the sprinkler slide?

We'd rate that a 10.0 landing!

...and now for a little shaving cream cool down.






and rejoicing in....


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sound Garden on a Fence and Voila! It's Music Discovery


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 
even further.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Earth Play on Earth Day

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

Nature Inspired Conversations

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

Friday Picnic for Toddlers, Inside or Outside. Life is so Good!

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...

While the not-yet-walkers commune together, just inside the opened door...

...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!

Happy Friday. 

Happy Spring!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Just Get Your coat!

What are you waiting for?

Just grab your coat and put it on.

Like me!

Come on! You're missing all the fun.

We're busy, so it's not cold.

It's the best weather for making sand pies.

...or playing in the sand.

Whatcha waitin' for?

Put up your hood and play, if you want
If you're cold, just put on your coat.

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