Tue, Apr 25 2017 08:33
We recently visited the Nature Park and the peat bog, a watery land of mosses, heaths, and shrubby trees.Squirrels and chickadees are at the park all year round, but the Spring brings hummingbirds and warblers. The weather cooperated for our visit and the children enjoyed “Exploring the Bog in the Spring”. Keefer was our friendly and enthusiastic guide, and the children were well engaged. Our first stop was The Hut: Matias and friends enjoyed playing frog hop - tick tack toe: Jayden was the first to touch the garden snake, helping his friends overcome any concerns. “He feels sticky and I think he feels wet” - Jayden Off we go to explore the bog: The bog is a wetland and the ground is waterlogged. The children jumped on the spongy ground and watched the branches on the shrubs bounce... as well as their parents!Keefer shows us how much water can absorb into the peat moss. “Whoa, it's like magic I think.” - Lucas: With a special spy glass, the children were able to experience what the world might look like through the eyes of a bee.
“I have so much feet.” - Dayna:
I don't think one child passed over the bridge without saying hello to the turtles:
The children sat along a very long bench, happily watching the activities of the busy squirrels and the birds flying in and out: Thank you Keefer for an enjoyable and informative morning!
Until next time!
Thu, Apr 13 2017 10:00
In our last visit at our Grand Pals, we had a teddy bear picnic with them. All of the children brought in their favorite stuffie and joined us in our activity.
These teddy bears surely welcomed us to our picnic.
We first made necklaces for our stuffies using fruit loops and string. Both the children and the grand pals helped each other to string the cereal in.
Of course, some of the children were not able to resist eating the fruit loop necklace. I don’t blame them. The smell and colors of the cereal were definitely too hard to turn down.
When everyone was done making his or her necklaces. We had teddy grahams and apple juice for snack. The children were excited to use real breakable tea cups.
After snack, the children and the grand pals enjoyed listening to Linda tell the story of “We’re Going on A Bear Hunt”.
The children went home with their own teddy bear purses.
We had a blast visiting our grand pals and we are definitely looking forward to our next visit.
Tue, Mar 28 2017 08:00
Photos of wildlife in Canada were placed on the Drawing Table, along with paper and pencil crayons.
Children were free to draw without direction. Most of the children chose to replicate the animals on the table. We spoke about these animals during the process, and at Circle Time.
Some of the questions and statements from the children:
“Do they get cold and lonely?”
“I wonder if the fox would like to live with my family and my dog?”
“The raccoon looks scared that he's going to fall.”
“The bear's not sleeping. I can see his eye open. He probably isn't comfortable. He'd like my bed.”
The children took note of the animals sharp teeth and claws, which led to a conversation about hunting and survival.
Art provocations are meant to provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, creativity and ideas.
Provocations come in many forms; a photo, picture or book, nature, an object, an interest that a child has...., any source at all really.
Ultimately, provocations allow a child the freedom to explore in an open-ended way.Until next time