Mrs. Sweezey

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Posted: May 25, 2018

To cap off a wonderful day, Mary Dale brought out two bins of suds and demonstrated to the children how she could make large bubbles with just two sticks and a string.  Shortly into our bubble play, a small group of middles came outdoors and did a great job making giant bubbles for the children to chase after and pop.

Posted: May 25, 2018

Today was a fun and eventful day in the woods.  The earth is nice and moist and with a couple digs in the dirt, we found many earth worms to watch and play with.  Weston was really interested in all the worms we found, especially the large fat one.  He played so nicely with his new friend and as time went on, the earth worm transformed into a "snake."  What a great morning!

Posted: May 25, 2018

Weston plays really well independently and isn't afraid to go off and explore his surroundings, however, in recent months he has moved onto wanting to play more and more with his classmates.  Wherever they are, he's right there next to them, participating in their imaginative games and keeping a close eye on their movements and activities.  Way to go Weston!

Posted: May 25, 2018

First week back in the woods and the kids are actively engaged in imaginative play.

Hurry up, get in, this boat is leaving!!

Posted: May 25, 2018

Watching the children run and play, navigate the changing terrain, and take risks such as this everyday brings me great joy.

Watch as she takes her time, small little steps, working every muscle in her body to keep her balance, and safely cross the plank into the boat.

I don't have to tell Reese to "becareful," she already is.  

Now that the warm weather is here, we can now visit our forest space.  The kids love going into the woods.  We call it our “adventure time.”  Before we head out, we always take time to gather and review our “rules.”  In this short clip, I take the class through each rule and then we end by making a offering to Mother Earth for letting us play in her forest.

It’s simple and fun, and the kids are very respectful of the process ❤️

Posted: May 6, 2018

Recently the children have begun learning about the talking cirlce.  Mary-Dale introduced this ceremony one day to the children and they took to it so well, we've decided to make it a part of our daily routine.  It's still new, but there is so much that the children can learn from this simple ceremony.  Everyone gets a chance to speak, but no one is forced to participate if they don't want to.  Mary-Dale reminds them of the "rules" or protocols and encourages them to speak loud and proud, and share what is on their mind.

We always start our day with a morning meeting or circle, when the student's return from Mi'kmaq.  We gather on the rug, do a morning greeting and then complete our daily smudge.  In this clip, Mary-Dale leads the smudge and those who want to participate do and others can sit and watch if they don't.  It's a great practice and ritual to start our day on the right foot.

Posted: May 6, 2018

On this particular day, the weather was crazy beautiful, so we decided to bring out a blanket and a tub of books to enjoy under the sun.  Here is Mary-Dale reading a classroom classic, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

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Digging for worms
We stick together in K4
"Hurry up, the boat is leaving!"

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