We start our days outside. Our garden is a joyful and magical place! A gold mine of opportunities for deep purposeful work, play and discoveries. We have been working with some keen and enthusiastic young gardeners in our group. The children sprinkled handfuls of flower and herb seeds around our garden; a big and deep hole was dug by many small but strong hands to give a tree a new home. Watering cans have been filled, sprinkling the "water of life" on those new seeds and baby plants every morning. As our garden grows, we all get to be part of nurturing and enjoying it! As we watch it unfold, its beauty and goodness are revealed. We have been noticing with delight that bats visit the pawpaw tree at night. The children love to see their teeth marks!
Our silkworms are tended to daily, fed and spoken to by the children with great delight (Which is the fattest one? Are there new baby ones? How many leaves have been eaten?) They are munching on our delicious and crunchy mulberry leaves and soon they will be spinning cocoons and emerging as moths before laying their eggs for next year. A wonderful expression of spring!
We have our walks every Friday around the Farm and “big school”. We play in mud puddles, visit the cows, and climb among the roots of Grandfather Fig; where we joined our neighbours, the Sunflowers Preschool group, for lunch — a truly special place to have a picnic! We also visited the Library during Book Week. It's been valuable for the children to have a long walk every week and to experience parts of the bigger School. How blessed we are to be part of this beautiful School, with so much to do and see.
We have been celebrating many birthdays in the Star Daisies group this term. As part of our preparation for this very special celebration, we start the day with the children helping bake a "delicious and nutritious" cake.
The birthday child arrives in joyful expectancy and is warmly received by everyone! When making the cake, the birthday child is the one who will crack the egg, using gentle but firm hands. We all look forward to each birthday being celebrated.
On the day of the celebration, a birthday table is prepared, flowers are picked, songs are sung, a birthday story is told, and the child's parents are invited to stay with us for morning tea. The mood created is reverent and honours each child's unique individuality.
On Saturday, we welcomed the new season at the School ‘s Spring Festival. Seeing so many of the community coming together in gratitude and joy to welcome spring was wonderful. Thank you, everyone, for your support, donations and presence.
Fernanda de Falco (Nanda)
Star Daisies Preschool Teacher