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Wk 3: Beautiful Time, Both Dry and Wet

What Happened?

The children continued to explore and play in the forest at the bend of the Viviere river, and on Friday, the garden at Champs de Rêves. Tuesday morning's rain shower brought a new experience of handing the rain in our space and playing in the river. We discussed and practised how to make words from letters S/A/T/P/I/N, rhyming words, concepts of current, mixing, changing, balance, kindness, floating, sinking, listening, safety and gardens vs forests. We played tag, hide & seek, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Three Little Pigs, Farmer and Chickens, Scaredy Chicken, soccer and catch. There were superheroes, bad guys, veterinarians, artists, chefs, bakers, scientists, builders, and climbers in our play! We enjoyed multiple readings of Frog and Toad Are Friends, Treasure, and Caps For Sale. Teachers gathered more data about the students' interests, and abilities. Teachers continue to informally assess letter sound and numeracy knowledge.

What Does it Mean?

The children and adults are learning the routines, patterns, and expectations of our vibrant outdoor learning community. Both learning about nature, and learning in nature, are occurring organically as part of the daily routines. Children are demonstrating understanding of the routines and safety expectations all while building friendships and nature connections. Champs de Rêves' new space and environment showed evidence of strong connections to ourselves and others. Children recognized each other and our common routines; like the talking stick, story reading and values of respect for the garden. Oral, sight, and written language skills are being developed through their creative play, storymaking, role play, and interactions. Your child likely doesn't even know learning is happening! Fine and gross motor skills, mapping skills, observation skills, and spatial awareness development were evident in how children responded and used materials at the different creative play centres this week. Multi-age groups naturally lead, guide and care for younger children while both challenge their learning, communication and understanding.

Research shows that access to self-directed active play in nature and outdoors is essential for healthy child development (link to research). The children lead the way with curiosity as the vehicle through which to inquire. Children feel empowered, confident, and joyful to share their discoveries!

What's Next?

We will continue to explore, play and learn as our outdoor classroom transforms into the autumn season. Literacy, math, science, and social studies are all enhanced as we learn more about the environment and our interests. We will start organizing projects based on the children's interests. We will discuss seasonal change, harvest, and land acknowledgement (on a very basic level.) Friday awaits with a visit to Le Verger de Hudson and Heartbeet Community Farm. We welcome everyone to join!

Our Wellness Leader, Anita, reminds us with her thoughts this week; "As we watch our children grow we as parents are watering them with our love and support. No matter what our circumstances they do keep on growing as we continue to pour out our love on them."

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Mei-Lyn Freeman
Mei-Lyn Freeman

What a gorgeous week of play!! Our groups are beginning to form strong nature connections and friendships with each other. A deeper understanding of who they are, the impact of the choices they make, and learning is happening! Thank you for sharing these moments and a huge thank you to all the teachers for your care and guidance each day.🌱

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