|"I'm an old man with a cane."|
Usually sticks are verboten during our walks. They are always allowed when we stop and play but as teachers we found that generally walking with sticks could be problematic. And that running with sticks was a disaster! The TOP kids have learned to pick up sticks when we find a special place to play. Now we find that kids rarely get bonked by other kids' sticks The children are aware of where their stick is in space at all times. They are taught to ask themselves- are you far enough away from others? Have you left enough room to play with your stick so that no one gets hurt from it? Are you using your stick in a safe way?
Just imagine all that playing with a stick can teach a child: Be aware of your surroundings. Your actions do effect others. Play is available at almost any time outside. That imagination is fun to use and can keep us occupied!
|"These are crutches."|
Isn't it wonderful that these children know how to have fun outside, with each other and just playing the way children have played for thousands upon thousands of years? You gave them that gift when you chose The Outdoor Preschool this year. Our hope is that it is a gift that will be imbedded in their soul for the rest of their lives. That a part of them will always know that there is peace and comfort in nature along with exploratory fun.
|"We're catching fish!"|
Thursday May 31st is the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Please come at 10am and plan on staying the whole time if you can. The kids will be taking you on a special hike in the forest and leading the way. They are very proud of the fact that this is their woods and they know the way around all of the trails.
You are welcome to bring grandparents, aunts, small children-whomever you would like to bring.
If you have someone who can only come to part of the day-have them come from 1130-1230pm. At 1130am we will have tractor rides - at noon the kids will sing their 2 songs. Then you can get out your packed lunch and we'll all eat together ending the day with Popsicles.
See you Thursday!