Musings from the Educators
March seemed to bring us to together as a community, and closer also to our discoveries. Our eyes, noses, and ears have found a plethora of exciting Spring developments! With frogs croaking, bushes budding and flowers unfolding, the group instinctively bonds and connects as a group of learners. In fact, the variety of ways in which the Seeds connected with each shows serious social development, growth in languages and ecologoical literacy. I cannot drum up half the times we learned from each other about the species around us, or how the weather, sky, . With less trepidation about being wet and cold, and less cumbersome layers to inhibit our hold on nature’s treasures and jungle gyms, I believe the group will find even more depth in our play/learning as we go.
The old saying “in like a lion, out like a lamb” surely held true for our March! We started out with typically stormy March weather and ended with warm spring temperatures. After months of working wearing bulky mittens and gloves, it has been a pleasure to see how the children’s dexterity has improved. Now that their hands are in thinner gloves and mittens (and sometimes nothing at all), their knot tying (and untying), carabiner clipping (and unclipping) and all small motor tasks have developed leaps and bounds. With spring in the air, and hands freed, many children have spontaneously returned to hand holding while walking to our classroom. This is a testament to the bonds that have been created over the last 7 months, and the growing community of learners that is emerging. The lighter days and warmer temps has instilled a new energy in everybody, as well as in the forest around us – it will be exciting to see what discoveries are made in the next few months!
Themes from March
Community of Learners
Here are some photos that show the strength of the relationship between the Seeds and with their environment.
Colours: painting, mixing and finding them!
Identifying colours in our changing spring environment was really fun this month. In finding purple, pink, magenta, and white flowers, brilliant greens budding everywhere, we were inspired to paint and play with colour ourselves. Here are some of the experiments and results from our learning about colours and painting techniques.
From torrential downpour to peeling off sweaters under mid-morning sun we have seen it all this month! Here’s some photos to demonstrate the spectrum of skies we experienced.
Beach Field Trip
Even with strong gusts on our field trip, our Seeds triumphed this day and climbed on the large rocks preventing erosion, dug in the sand, explored the shore and tide pools and enjoyed a healthy snack all white the wind was whipping past them. They showed signs of interested and previous knowledge in the biodiversity, when they got used a field guide and scavenger hunt to guide their search for a variety of creatures. They got down on all fours for crabs, chitons and more. We extend great thanks to all the parents how came and shared their knowledge of the Salish Sea, and especially to Chelsea who is a marine biologists and definitely took our understanding of these organisms to the next level!
To celebrate Spring and the beautiful weather and the strength of group and families for making it through winter we had a pancake breakfast. We encourage opportunities for safe food sharing at potlucks like this one where allergens are avoided and everyone participates in the making of the food! Everyone contributed fruit to our ‘friendship fruit salad’, and the beautiful rainbow and diversity of fruit well represented our differences and community 🙂 Some family members stayed to enjoy the day and Torin’s classroom, and to preview our routines, songs and fun activities.