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Week of November 6th

What Happened?

The children played and imagined airplanes, dragons, reindeer, superheroes, soccer, baseball, sliding and animal tag. Many of the children enjoyed safely learning the wonderful skill of sawing dead branches and building structures. The Friday afternoon group helped to winterize the Warmington's chicken coop and learned all about chickens, their habitat, eating, and play. We discussed how we express our feelings and how we can express patterns while dancing. We went indoors at the Hudson Community Center to keep warm during lunches and colder days. The snow provided the opportunity to create snowballs and explore different tracks and patterns in the forest. Lots of questions formed such as: what animal makes this track? how do animals stay warm? what happens when snowballs hit the water? do animals change in the winter? where do the insects go?

What Does it Mean?

We have adapted to the colder weather by adding many enjoyable movement routines to stay warm. The children are improving their self-regulation of emotions, with adult support. The saw is an engaging tool that helps the children feel capable, confident and powerful. The children understand how to stay safe around tools and how it feels to wait, be patient, share and take turns. Learning about patterns through movement helps the children literally embody their understanding. Understanding that our forest space is shared with other animals brings greater feelings of care, stewardship and respect for the environment. It's getting cold!

We will use this guide to monitor our activities. If we are ever in the yellow zone, we will head indoors. Any red zone days we will cancel our outdoor play.

What's Next?

Letters and Sounds of the week are z, qu, and ch. We will explore more patterns through movement ex: 2 hand claps, one knee clap, to create a rhythm and different sounds. We will continue to explore different ways to express our feelings, ideas and stories. We will continue to play with the changing seasons and explore new areas in the forest of Sandy Beach!

I Worried

I worried a lot.

Will the garden grow, will the rivers

flow in the right direction, will the earth turn as it was taught, and if not how shall I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven, can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows

can do it and I am, well,


Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it, am I going to get rheumatism,

lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.

And I gave it up. And took my old body

and went out into the morning,

and sang.

by Mary Oliver (poem shared by Anita Tso this week)

Mary Oliver invites us in her inimitable way to step out into the world, out of our habitual frames of reference and self limiting spaces – ‘out into the morning’ – and just doing what we long to do. She wrote this one when she was around 75 years old – and just because we may have spent a lifetime believing we can’t do certain things, who says we can’t just go and do it today… why wait?! I wonder what that might look like for you…

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Sonia Simpson
Sonia Simpson
Nov 13, 2023

I love that poem. So much of how we think and act is affected by the things we tell ourselves, sometimes we don't even notice it. Thank you for sharing the poem Anita ❤️ Thank you for the update & photos Matt


Mei-Lyn Freeman
Mei-Lyn Freeman
Nov 13, 2023

What a beautiful story unfolded this week as the cold settled into the weather patterns, and the snow introduced new opportunities for play and interaction with our environment. We extend our gratitude to everyone for sharing these experiences, and a heartfelt thank you to all the teachers for their unwavering care, patience, energy, and fun! If you missed any of the moments, you can catch up by following this link to our videos.

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