Monday, 25 April 2016

Hush little baby

This morning I observed two of our younger children playing in the house keeping area. They were playing with the dolls and putting them to bed.
"Hush baby good night ".

"They're sleeping."
They begin to rub the dolls tummies while singing twinkle little star.

"Oh no baby crying. Sing twinkle twinkle ".

One of the girls takes the doll out of bed, "ok baby". She then puts it back and covers the dolls back up.

"Hush baby sleep time". The other peer comes over and lift the blanke, "baby wet".

She then covers the dolls back up." Baby's dry now." And both start to sing twinkle twinkle little star to the dolls".

Written by Mrs. Balharry 🙋🏻

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Fly away

The Last few days we've been spending time in the Adventure playground battling the wind while playing. So we decided to embrace the wind and pull out our parachute. That's when the fun began.
The children had to use teamwork and problem solving to get the parachute to catch the wind without taking the children for a ride.
The children worked on timing. Getting the parachute at the right height in the air so they could run under and use the dome as their home.

Some children found out that if they didn't hold on tight enough the strong wind would take the parachute.

"My arms are stretching"

"My arms are shaking "

Written by Mrs. Balharry 🙋🏻

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A peak inside Flex 🙂

Take a look. We've added some new things to our room.
Tray play experiences for working on fine motor skills.

Sorting colours and shapes with mini barns and farm animals.

Taking on roles and using imagination with our beach area.

 Working on eye hand coordination by clipping clothes pins on buckets.


Sorting colours and counting.

Sensory play.

Written by Mrs. Balharry 

Gardening to the max !

Spring is in the air! And along with it comes some new projects. This summer we will be gardening to the max. We are hoping to grow enough vegetables to provide our group with a least one snack a week (We'll keep are fingers crossed). Our group has been planting some seeds already, and we've even built some of own garden boxes to put them in. We were so proud of our work!

Written by Mrs. Balharry 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Embrace the Mud

The weather has been ever changing the past few weeks causing us to play only on the structures. I noticed the kids getting bored. Then I thought I would  take out my go to activity, mud painting. 

Recipe for Mud Painting
Paint Brush 
Eager Children

" Ahhhh is this mud, so messy."     "I like mud."     "Can I paint with it?"

This experience brought the children close to nature.

"Look it I made a cat."   "Wait it's my letter.......C."

When you think about mud you think dirty and messy. In the eyes of a child its exploration, nature, curiosity, art and a priceless experience.

Written By: Miss Santillan 🙋🏻

Friday, 8 April 2016

Aloha 🌺

With the warmer wearther approaching the children began to talk about their trips to the beach, and some of their trips to Hawaii. So staff worked with the children to transform our room into a beach.

"We need to take swimming lessons."
"And we can't wear our shoes in the pool."
" I have my sun screen, flip flops, and my bag."

"I have a drink in case it's hot."
"Did you hear there's a bad guy and their trying to cancel our beach party."
"We better eat the ice cream before he comes."

"This is so relaxing. The water is so warm."

"Gonna stay in here all day. The beach is so warm today."

Written by Mrs. Balharry.🙋🏻

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Ladybug House

As the weather warms (and cools back down), some of the children have started turning their attention from the exciting play opportunities of the thaw (mud and puddles!) to the more intricate joys of outdoor play we expect from the summer. Sometimes it is the smallest things which remind us of the approaching season.

A few days ago, I discovered that some of our children gathered materials from the ground to build a "ladybug house." They used small twigs to build a cabin-like shelter, and included grass for food and some colourful tidbits of foam they found as decoration. In making sure that the house provided safety, food and beauty for the ladybug, the children are bringing together what they know about comfortable homes for humans and also the needs of smaller creatures. Best of all, they found a living ladybug in the dirt by a small, unsuspecting corner of the building, and carefully brought it to the shelter.

"They need lots of grass. Yum-yum-yum!"
"If there's 2, or 3, or 99...they need so much food!
"Also if he doesn't have a home, then he has a home built by kids."
After waiting silently for the ladybug's reaction to the home, they see it start to crawl inside.
"Hey look, he's moving!"
"He likes it!"

// Mr. McIntyre-Brandt

My hockey puck collection

This child brought in his collection of hockey pucks to show to the class. He and his mother explained that near their house, they find pucks by the skating rink.

 " This one is my favourite because it has lots of colors."

" We found one that was really stuck in the ice. Then me and mom broke the ice and got it out."
As I look at this picture I see the joy and accomplishment a child can have over something so little.
By Miss Santillan


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Gardening 🌱

'"You have the chance to plant a seed of something very special in the hearts, minds, and spirits of your children as you garden together".
-Cathy James
Today we planted some seeds.
The children all got a chance to fill the container with soil, dig a tiny hole with their finger, place the seed in the hole and then cover it up with soil.

We planted: cilantro, zucchini, spaghetti squash, kale, garlic and red onion.

Now we will watch and wait until our garden starts to grow. Once it's nice enough outside we will transplant the plants outside into our garden boxes. 

From one tiny seed we will get food to eat at snack time, there's nothing more rewarding than that! 

Written by: Mrs. Zilkie 🙋🏼