At last, our outside spaces are firming up after all the wet, and this week we are once again able to use our grassy area for games and play. Thank you, Sunny Sun and Brother Wind! Our sandpit sees many wonderful creations in play, from whole villages to lakes and bridges, bakeries, pottery studios and more, individually, with a friend or in larger groups.
We’ve walked to The Farm and had lovely conversations with our cow friends there, as well as exploring, with delight, the properties of mud and puddles, and connecting with the wider environment around our Preschool home.
We are now busily preparing for our Winter Festival, learning new songs and making lanterns and candles, to remind us of our inner spark of light that sees us through the cold and dark of winter.
Each week, the children bake bread and help to prepare their own morning teas. Apple crumble is a favourite — using the ‘apple twirler’ to peel and cut the apples, and measuring and stirring the crumble, as well as making birthday cakes for our birthday celebration days and chopping juicy fruit for our morning teas.
In this cooler weather, cosy cubbies are a regular feature of play; using tables, chairs, play-stands and large cloths, the children create the cosiest homes imaginable, then live out many scenarios in our cubby villages.
Both groups of parents came together recently for an evening, connecting, sharing and learning together. We experienced the children's morning circle and spent nourishing time chatting and tie-dyeing, along with open conversations about how our roles as educators and parents support the children’s development.
Little Shearwater Preschool