Mrs. Sweezey

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Posted: October 11, 2019

Now that we are in the woods on a daily the basis, the children are getting much more comfortable and familiar with our forest space.

As an Educator, I love witnessing this relationship blossom.  When we first got out into the woods, the children sort of flocked around myself and the other Educators, unsure of what to do and why we were even in the woods.  They were scared, confused, and excited.  We'd walk through the woods and they would pull us all around, until one day I just stopped and stood still.  "Come Mrs. Sweezey, let's go back there," they would say, until finally I told them, "No, you can go on your own, I'm going to stay here."

The look on their little faces, haha.  Complete shock.  A major piece of the Forest and Nature School philosophy is to offer regular and repeated visits to an outdoor space, as well as, time and space to play freely and uninterrupted.  The children couldn't believe that they were a loud to go off into the woods on their own and with each passing day, they grew confident and more sure of themselves - and we trust them.  The children know the boundaries of our forest space and we take every precaution we can to keep everyone safe, such as daily site checks, the Educators roam the woods as the children play, we wear our bright yellow safety vests, and we practice our rules (promise) every day before going outside the gate. 

As the week went on, the children have slowed down and have really started to explore the forest and get comfortable, whereas in the beginning, all they did was run full tilt the entire time, haha.  In the last two days, I've notice the children have started to go "off trail."  Still within our boundaries, but no longer do they want to walk the same trails - they want to make their own.

What a busy and fun filled week :) 

Posted: October 11, 2019

There are so many reason why I/we love being outdoors.

We can run, there's more space than we know what to do with, we can get dirty, and we can also be as loud as we want to be <3

 

Posted: October 11, 2019

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Posted: September 15, 2019

During these last couple weeks, we have spent a lot of time running, climbing, spinning, swinging, sliding, and getting messy on the playground.  In K4, we aim to get outside for approximately 3 hours a day because there is no better way to develop and strengthen our fine motor and gross motor skills than time spent outdoors.  Mother Earth engages all of our senses and playing outside is an amazing sensory experience.  To some, it may seem like these kiddos are just "playing" and "having fun," but I see resilence being built, excess energy being burned, muscles growing, new skills being mastered, immune systems being boosted, body awareness, balance, and coordination strengthening, self-regulation, and imaginations running wild. 

In this clip, here's our buddy Storm working hard to go down the slide.  This is his second day going down the slide and he's already becoming a pro.  Well done Storm!

Posted: September 15, 2019

Whew, what a busy couple weeks!  As we enter into our third week of school, I just wanted to quickly share what we've been up to, to date.  The kids are getting on great and everyone is settling in beautifully.  The first few weeks of school are always about connecting/reconnecting, learning school/classroom rules, routines, and procedures, but, and this is most important, having a lot of fun.  Starting school can be scary and stressful for little ones, so to make the transition and the start of school joyful, we've been busy "cooking" up a storm, building amazing Lego creations, going on adventures in the woods, puddle jumping, playing with magic play-dough, reading some classroom favourites, learning our Zoo-phonics, smudging every morning, exploring water colour paints, and playing in the rain.

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know this new group of students, we've learned so much about each other, and us educators are super excited to see whats to come this school year.

Let's keep rolling kiddos, there's so much more to come <3

Posted: September 15, 2019

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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.

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