celebrating solstice 

 

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we had two “play days” (summer preschool) celebrating the coming of summer.

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in anticipation of my own teenager kids coming to visit and help, i left this note at home to which they replied, “uh, obviously.” i was grateful.


our days had a fairly steady showing of animal puppet shows (this one was special because a younger sister was having her very first day of preschool this day!):

 


we had blue and yellow things in our almond-coconut-olive oils and flour “sand.”

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we did sun painting with a salad spinner and sky painting with art rollers.

click here for a video recorded live.

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we smelled sunscreen, orange oil and shea lotion, trying to guess which was which, then did body painting with the lotion. click here to see another video recorded live.

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and finally, while still outside under the mulberry tree, we added a summer blessing and glitter to our sun and sky paintings…and our lotion legs.

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l week

l was for LOVE, dr. martin LUTHER king jr, LOOK, LIGHT and it was a lovely way to ease back into preschool.


perhaps the sweetest moment was baby LUKE visiting with his big sister.

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it was only a few years ago that the big sister was the new baby for show and tell:

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we started our conversations about the work and legacy of dr. king.

this is the first year i didn’t offer the explanation of race as why the young martin luther king couldn’t go to certain restaurants, parks, schools.

i don’t know if it was right or not, i just know i looked at them as i started telling the stories and i couldn’t. i couldn’t stand the idea that i might utter words they hadn’t heard before that could instill fear or a lack of worth.

so instead, i spoke the words of what is worth fighting for, of what is decent and just. i spoke the words of what has been granted in part thanks to the work of dr king: the right for ALL people to show up and be treated justly and with respect and dignity. and that no matter what they hear on the news or from others in power, all people have this right. 

and as true as the air, it seems they KNOW this to be true.


we had unseasonably warm weather that made it easy to spend time outside, including our show and tell time!


 

 

breastfeeding spaces

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breastfeeding is welcome, accepted, honored, encouraged in our building, both during preschool hours and church hours, wherever parents want to breastfeed.

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we have many comfortable places for adults to sit and all of those can be considered “breastfeeding spaces.”

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we also have a separate nursery connected to the preschool classroom that is an option for a private breastfeeding/pumping space. this includes a glider chair, changing table (with pads and extra diaper changing supplies/spare clothing), bassinet, toys for older children, separate heating/cooling unit, adjustable lighting, speaker (for upstairs sanctuary), and electrical outlets. hand washing facilities and a refrigerator (for storing pumped breastmilk) are available near the nursery.

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gratitude to the the Harvey County Breastfeeding Coalition with funds made available from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund for help in creating breastfeeding spaces.

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k week

k week merged with our last week before christmas which worked well for the annual “what makes a king a king” talk.


our alphabet box was a tricky one: four locks and 13 keys…tricky, tricky.

you can see it in action here:


this tape work kept some friends engaged for a long, long time.


and then we had the annual “which baby will be baby jesus for our games?” voting.


 

h week

h week brought new friendships expressed in heart cards, helping hand talks, paper hair cutting, and perhaps the greatest joy of all: a baby named harvey for show and tell.

as usual, the week is best captured in our work time movie:


and yes, we had a lot of talk about not cutting your ACTUAL hair or anyone else’s ACTUAL hair, just the paper hair of our hairy head paper friends:


and in the days following the evident division in our nation, this project was healing:


the weather made it easy to be outside, including an impromptu back step of the church show and tell. this photo captured the moment pastor derrick was spotted across the yard. he ended up squeezing in to see the show and tell goodness.


thank you to a mama for capturing our end of the day parachute leaf play.


fear not, these young children to how to make the world better, kinder, more peaceful: