From leaves to mud, autumn’s curricular journey of play has carried our preschool and kindergarten students toward preparation for the winter holidays. Here’s a glimpse into what’s happening with our youngest students as they delight in structured and imaginative activities with their teachers and friends.
Chickadee preschoolers watched as Brother Wind blew the leaves off the trees. There were many helpers to rake and bag those many leaves! And with four rakes to share, there were opportunities to learn how to take turns. They also engaged in “painting” the fence—using little paint brushes and watering cans. The painting task was so much fun that it expanded to include the playhouse, the tree, the stumps and the rocks…
Briar Rose kindergarteners have been equally busy with important digging, fishing, remodeling of the tire swing, making lanterns and dipping candles, and assembling a wagon. The most creative concoctions have emerged from their mud kitchen. And when it’s time to rest, there’s nothing more comfortable than a leaf sofa!
In Huckleberry kindergarten, students are honoring the four kingdoms of nature with a seasonal activity related to the stones, the plants, the animals, and human beings—creating a winter garden to bring home. They began by fashioning a vessel from earth clay, grinding salt rock crystals into fine powder, searching for treasure rocks, and rasping soapstone. They will then gather moss, make wreaths and clove oranges, and string cranberries. Finally, they will make candles from beeswax to place in their winter gardens, spreading the warmth of human love and light as the days grow increasingly darker.
Young children love to move and our fully outdoor program gives them plenty of opportunity. Whether pumping water or helping a friend to find a lost mitten, the children work through tasks that are just the right size, forge new friendships, and make something beautiful and new from nature’s gifts.
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