Mrs. Sweezey

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Posted: June 7, 2017

I have been trying remove the words "be careful" from my vocabulary because they have a negative connotation and assumes that the child isn't being careful.  Not only is Gia being careful, but she is also assessing risk, taking her time, testing her personal limits, and practicing her balancing skills.  What you don't see is that this was her 3rd attempt.  She fell, she crashed, and she slipped, but she was 100% determined to cross that log.  Why put my worry on the students?  When engaging in risky activities, I simply ask, "Do you feel safe?" Can you tell I ask this question a lot? ;)

Posted: May 29, 2017

Posted: May 29, 2017

It was a little chilly outside, so today we stayed in and did a mini science experiment and made some Oobleck.  A little bit of water and a little bit of cornstarch and what do you get?  Is it hard? Is it soft?  What is it?

Posted: May 25, 2017

Just off to the side of basecamp is a tall grassy spot where the kids like to sit in and peer over the grass like little lions.  Here is a pride of boy lions roaring their mighty roars.

Posted: May 23, 2017

When outdoors, Mary-Dale and I try our best to stay in the background and be there for support when the kids need us.  Watching them play and explore the land around them is an interesting experience.  Their imaginations run wild and sometimes it seems like they forget that we are even there. ...

Posted: May 18, 2017

Posted: May 17, 2017

Here is a quick peek into our outdoor classroom.  This is our basecamp.  It is a place where we gather, explore, and use our imaginations.  The children have really settled in here and made it their own (with some help from their teachers).

Posted: May 13, 2017

This week we only got outside one day, however it was an epically long and fun day - 4 hours of outdoor play!!!  We took a break from the puddle jumping and focused on playing in the woods and the children have established a base camp.  As we played, the kids were also discovering little nooks and crannies of play spaces.  They made "stairs", moved branches and gathered rocks.  The kiddos even found this large circular piece of concrete, rolled it out of the bush and with the help of Mary-Dale and Mrs. Dunnett, placed it in our camp and the kids quickly got to work making a fire pit.  Rocks were found and placed around the pit and meals were planned.  Sounds like we have big plans for our base camp in the future.

Posted: May 9, 2017

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