Room 1 in the Family Center
What a fun and busy November. All the children in Room 1 were exploring, discovering and forming lovely relationships. Our curriculum of interest was around building and harvest. Room 1 friends love building with legos, wooden blocks, magnatiles, and tree blocks. They carry, stack, line up, and build items such as beds for animals. As the season changed we noticed foods such as pumpkin and squashes at the grocery stores and farmers market. We incorporated some of these fall foods into cooking activities. We cooked muffins, banana bread, and pumpkin pie. The pie was popular! We carried over the baking and cooking tools into the play kitchen area. Room 1 friends pretended to mix, scoop, and pour as they had done when we cooked. Before the holiday break many Room 1 families, children, and teachers enjoyed a “feast” together at the Room 1 potluck.
Grass, Run, yell, smell, laugh…
We think about outings as intentionally as the other areas of the curriculum. Our daily outings provide children a great opportunity to develop social and physical skills. Outings also afford an occasion to learn about community, our environment and ourselves. The destination is not always the emphasis of the outing. The actual journey can offer an abundance of interesting and exciting experiences for young children. A favorite outing is the open grass at St. Johns. When is the last time you took to an open field? Played without limits? Or raised your voice without being told, “Too loud!” There is something very special that happens when children are allowed to be free on a patch of grass. It is a place where everyone has equal access to relationships and games. It is a special place where democracy naturally takes shape with all people having true power over their engagement or separation. It is where I see joint attention with peers (asking, joining, requesting). Because the play can be so BIG and fluid, it is stimulating for our quieter ones, and grounding enough for our energized kids. Natural play spaces such as open grass areas, can stimulate children’s imaginations and engage their sense of curiosity as they explore their physical surroundings and learn in ways beyond what they can experience indoors.