Thursday, October 20, 2016

Painting Leaves

We have been playing with leaves.
Shaking them from the tree and raking them up
into baskets.
An invitation to paint leaves the same colours as the ones we are seeing outside.
Watercolour paints and leaf shaped paper invited them to paint.
Mixing the paint and water was a side bonus for the toddlers.
I noticed calmness and focus.
The children really enjoyed this activity and we had so many leaves
that we used them as a border on our bulletin board.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Revisiting the Pumpkin Patch - Small World Play

Last week we visited Shamrock Farms Pumpkin Patch
and enjoyed searching in the fields for our own pumpkins to take home.
Back at school I set up a simple small world play with dirt, real and fake pumpkins,
a farmer and tractor and buildings.  
One building I painted to look similar to the small playhouse 
at Shamrock Farms.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our Visit to the Riding Stable

We are so lucky to live in a very generous community.
When I started looking for a place that has horses that would be willing to 
share them with us
I was a bit worried that we wouldn't be able to find one that was 
affordable for our families.
Then I was referred to Sprout Meadow Farm
Trish and Chris, that own Sprout Meadow invited us to come, visit
and learn about their horses.
We split into three groups and the first learned about grooming.
Lindsey showed us different combs, brushes and tools they use
to clean the horse.
This was the children's favourite activity.
The second group followed Trish and had a tour of the barn
and walked around the farm and met all of the horses.
The third group had to put on a helmet and follow some tracks.
We met Chris by the ring and was introduced to Beetle.
All the children, 3 and over, that wanted to ride
enjoyed a walk around the ring on Beetle.
A couple of bonuses were checking out the pond and
the ducks that live there.
As well as meeting Buddy the cat.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Comparing Sizes with Our Big Buddies

Last week we got together with our big buddies to share a StoryWalk
and share a math activity.
We met in the gym and the StoryWalk was set up around on the walls.
Some children started their time together by reading the story
while others began measuring each other.
The big buddies had prepared a big pile of pumpkins, all the same size.
Then they took turns laying on the floor while the other buddy
placed enough pumpkins beside the person to measure
them from heel to tip of head.
Then they counted them.
After measuring each other they recorded their
lengths and names on pumpkins.