not just for the season of advent, but for all times: we encourage getting cozy. it’s pretty much true that if you can fit in it, you can be in it. (i’m just glad i noticed the friend on the shelf before she hid behind the fabric curtain!) battery operated candles make every corner cozier. so get smaller, get warmer, get hidden, get cozy.
“it would be best if everyone had a good shelter.” -4 year old friend
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one morning as i was prepping for the day, i pondered the fact that this year there hadn’t been much block play. while it is possible that it’s just not something this group of children is “in to” right now, i decided that i’d do some rearranging over the weekend in case it was an environment issue.
well, as though my thoughts went right into the minds of some little friends, these kids found the blocks that day! no rearranging or prompting needed.
and when i say they “found the blocks,” they FOUND them. every single item from the block corner, including the boxes things are stored in was used. quite impressive.
and the teamwork was thrilling to watch. see it in action here…i love the conversations:
some friends started “moving in” to the shelter while it was still being constructed (there were phone calls and cooking that needed to happen). friends scurried to both bathrooms to get the stools so they could get taller.
and as usual, there was a bit of danger but no injuries.
we left it for the morning class to see the next day…and since this day a few weeks ago, the blocks have been used much more often.
it’s proving to be true that uploading a quick snippet to our facebook page is much easier than posting here. take a look to see what we’re up to: click here!
i bought a leaf bag per class only to realize we didn’t have nearly enough leaves in our preschool yard to fill even one! so, we inflated them with wind power, tied them shut and used them like balloons. be warned if you do this…they tear/pop very easily. but after that they simply become kite like. : )
enjoy watching our flying pumpkin and listening to a favorite poem:
we had a little “baby corner” with a few extras: wipes, empty baby food jars, tiny spoons, board books, rocking chairs…
(although we never found the bottles so babies either nursed or “grew up enough to eat food that is safe for babies to eat.”)
it was also a great place to look at a glow in the dark show and tell item…under the couch is the darkest place we have!
it’s a new month and i stumbled on this old video of ours, perfect for the season….which led me to a trip back in time over the years. click here for more of our movies: good stuff…