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Changes and Connections: Sept 14 to Sept 23

What happened?


Individuals are making new connections by playing, exploring, and creating together. Making magic wands, music and games together is emerging curriculum in action. Community is created through joyful connections in play and wonderful appreciation of nature and each others' ideas.






We lived the changes of rainy weather, the start of falling leaves, and changing group sizes as some people were ill. We noticed the changes in the stream during the rain storm on Monday, Sept 19. It was so much deeper and faster during and after the rain storm. The water was also muddy instead of clear. The falling autumn leaves in the stream were fun to play with the nets!



Rock throwing continues to be a fun supervised activity. We discussed how to aim our rocks by looking and pointing where we want the rock to go. Our Friday morning crew enjoyed playing with a family of rocks and the famous, “Big Daddy Rock.” They also took great care of the T Rex including feeding him, giving him a bed with a weighted blanket and a pillow, brushing and flossing his teeth and of course singing him lullabies. What a lucky dino!




We found many wonderful critters in the forest and felt a sense of awe at the splendour of our Earth. The sound of frogs plopping or glugging into the water. Beautiful caterpillars and mysterious slender water striders. The interest of the children in animals and dinosaurs fuels their imaginations as we create and play tag and hide and seek games together based on food chain connections. We get curious about the names of the creatures and what they like to eat.








Maps - several students expressed interest in pirates and maps the first few sessions so our teacher team brainstormed some ideas to bring to the children. We also started to brainstorm some ideas for the naming the different areas of the forest. This could be a valuable and fun discussion to have at home. Ask your child, "what do you think it should be called?" The bridge, the creek, the forest?


The first low hanging Hammock was a big hit so we added another one. Some children pretended they were caterpillars in cocoons.

What does it mean?

The groups are learning the routines and expectations as we deliberately create community through fun structured and scaffolded play activities based on the children's interests. New relationships are forming through play, group meetings and occasional conflicts. These are all opportunities for practicing and teaching emerging social skills. Our wonderful setting in the forest provides sensory stimulation and authentic gross and fine motor development.


What’s next?

We can make our own field journals with photos and drawings of the wonders we discover in the forest. The adults will assist the children in making their own field journals and contributing to a communal journal. We will construct a talking stick from found natural materials. We will continue to foster connection and respect for the land and what lives there.

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Madalina Ungureanu
Madalina Ungureanu
Sep 28, 2022

Love these posts. Thanks so much for putting them together.

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Carol Renshaw
Carol Renshaw
Sep 26, 2022

So wonderfully described :) It has been an amazing first 2 weeks ! So many wonders of the forest!

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Sonia Simpson
Sonia Simpson
Sep 26, 2022

Thank you for sharing, Matt. The maps look awesome. I love how you say the children's relationships form from play and conflict -- realistic and encouraging :) excited to see the journals in the making!

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Mei-Lyn Freeman
Mei-Lyn Freeman
Sep 25, 2022

Beautiful Learning Story Matt. Thank you for sharing these great photos and insights into learning that's happening in with our different groups. Your idea of a low hanging hammock was a creative way to provide an opportunity of rest and warmth. The maps took flight with students who wanted to show their creative thinking and express how they see the forest. I like how you created ancient paper from tea. Marianne's inquiry into 'what can be made with leaves' has inspired these young explorers to collect different leaves and colours. I look forward to more creativity, expressions and transformations as you continue to dive into the concepts of change and connection.

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