During the last month of Spring we have continued to notice new growth in our yard and bush. As the green leaves grow bigger, and the blossoms bloom so does our enjoyment of bush days. We feel the peaceful beginning of our days as we slowly filter in, allowing for in-depth exploration with our peers and educators.
Spiders and their webs are everywhere! This is reflected in our play, our journaling and our art. Their webs shimmer in the Spring sun as the rain droplets from sun showers attach themselves to each strand of the web. They are more visible in Spring than any other season and most children enjoy exploring everything about their species.
Many children engaged in layered canvas paintings this month in preparation for the fair. Before beginning educators spoke to them about how to make a layered painting, using new concepts and words of foreground and background. The children first watched a time-lapse video of a landscape painting before searching the internet for inspiration and examples. When it was time to begin, the children sat on the grassy hill in the bush and used their surroundings for inspiration to paint many different landscapes.
With a heat wave hitting us in mid-October we enjoyed a few days of constant water play, practically living in our bathers all day. The children enjoyed using pots and pans in the water to investigate and explore. But most importantly we saw such joy during these times. The smiles on each child face and they rolled through the water, splashed and played was simply priceless!
In Big Bears, we aim to provide the children with nutritional morning teas every day, ranging from porridge or rice pudding to fruit leather and bliss balls. This month we have been enjoying trying out new dips and new flavours of pancakes. The children participate in every aspect of the preparation and cleaning each day and are valued contributors to the menu. During this time, they develop new skills such as measurement, science concepts, life skills and physical development skills.
Lastly on the very last day of October we celebrated a Halloween morning tea at Austin’s request. He was very detailed in the resources needed and the educators supported his request by providing the right fruits and vegetables to create with. So many children enjoyed the experience of making apple monsters, scary mandarin pumpkins and banana ghosts.