Yesterday was a beautiful fall day. I was able to hold the class outside. It felt so wonderful to sit on our squares and talk about fall and what happened to the trees surrounding us. I asked, “what did the trees look like before they were empty” The preschoolers responses were varied and most of them said there were leaves on the trees. Most of them said they were colored leaves. It was hard for them to remember all the way back to the time when the leaves were green. But finally we got there! Something so simple that most take for granted. It truly is an amazing cycle.
It’s great to just sit on the ground an talk about what is all around you. We could hear and see the geese flying, we could hear the pheasants squawking, and of course Owen heard the trains, “double deckers!” Perhaps one thing a parent can share with their child is just sitting outside and listening. It doesn’t take up that much time. Especially now that fall is ending and the leaves are gone… there are so many different sounds available to our ears. The need for our children to be able to play outside is gaining more and more importance as we are seeing studies saying the there is a connection between lack of outdoor play in kids and learning issues. Anyway, I digress to make that statement which is always on my mind. Preachy Miss, Mrs., Mrs Aunt Sue !!!
Our class went on a leaf hunt and selected some oak leaves (no shortage of those) Each child brought their leaf back to the rock table to make a silhouette painting. It was challenging but with the help of parents and grandparents they were able to pull it off and boy were they proud! So simple and so fun!
Here are a few pics:
Then we went for a great hike to the magical evergreen tree! I love this place. We also discovered a lot too. Saw some more pheasants, so beautiful!
It was a fabulous day!!!
Get em outside!!!