Saturday, September 27, 2014

walking together

Muddy Boots Club was all about the walk today. We walked across bridges, in the field, and in the forest. We compared the cool air in the shade to the warm air in the sun, saw many butterflies (one of which is apparently named "Flappy") and holes in the ground, and heard the crickets and the birds. Collecting jars were for leaves and rocks and sticks, and some of the children made "smoothies" which a stick for a straw!
running ahead to wait at the bench is very exciting!

waiting at the bench, good job, friends!

practiced bridge walking

one at a time, confident walking!

a "smoothie"

big steps

adventures await!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Collecting and Forts

What a beautiful day to be outside today! We headed out to play in the woods, and on the way we brought out "collecting jars" and collected so many crickets! There were an abundance of crickets in the field. In the woods we set up a fort with sheets and clothespins, and spent a long stretch of time out of doors. Some of the children continued to collect, others began dramatic play with the fort, others wandered with sticks and sat on rocks. Altogether a great day!
Until Next Time,
off we go!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Muddy Boots Club Begins Anew!

We headed out on a beautiful afternoon to experience our first muddy boots club of the school year. The children listened intently to our "rules";

1. The Teacher goes first.
2. Use your listening ears!
3. If you want to have a stick, it needs to be the length of your arm (we demonstrated how to measure it) and you need to play with it safely.

And off we went! Today was the day to find string and yarn and sticks and go "fishing", as well as to chase, run, and explore the our outdoor space. As the teachers, we learned about the children's comfort and ease in the woods and how to best foster independent and  safe exploration and play! We also learned that there is NEVER a dull moment in muddy boots club!

Until Next Time,