We stayed in due to rain and wind on our Tuesday day, but got out on Friday! Back to a spot we had just visited the week before. The children did not act bewildered this time but set right to "work" (play). There was a lot of sweeping of copious pine needles which became a work crew led by an imaginative girl making a "swimming pool." The children swept a spot clear, added "pool toys", and swam and swam. Then, their work complete, they set off to make another pool. Even the littlest were inspired to help, although they needed some instruction in the direction of the sweeping. We find the combination of 3's and 4's to be intriguing. The 4's tend to want to work together, can follow directions from each other, and are verbally able to state their needs to teachers or other children. The 3's have a lot of running energy, and run around the perimeter of the play space, with some pauses to join in and then run out again. The 3's don't pause for direction, while the 4's are more likely to look to see what others are doing and even question how they can join in.
The light is so beautiful in the afternoon; I almost feel like I should apologize for all the pictures I take!
We spend extended time in the woods, not minding the weather, and visit favorite spots, and even explore new spots on a trail. The children immediately get to "work" (play) when we're outside, no questions asked.
What a beautiful day! We found sticks to hold, sunshine and shadows, and had to slow down because the roots hiding under the leaves tripped us up!
One of our traditions for muddy boots club is to chant "going on a bear hunt". The children like coming up with obstacles so well that our chant has evolved to the teacher saying "uh oh...." and a child then taking a turn and inventing such obstacles as "giant brooms trying to sweep us up"- and then when asked "what shall we do?" the child has an escape planned: "fly away" and we flap our arms. A few children were seated and making up their own bear hunt game.....