Rocks spark questions

On Friday we went for our first community walk of the year.  It was a beautiful fall day, amazingly warm for September. We hiked up through one of our neighbourhood green spaces.  I think it’s been saved from development because of its geography.  The path runs between two rock cliffs.  As we walked, I asked…

Outdoor Explorations

This year we get to be with the children during their outdoor play time. It’s been a great time to observe their play and to engage them in the natural world. There are lots of cool things falling from the trees this time of year. Have a look!

In praise of simple toys.

We’re into week 3 of the school year.  Friendships are being forged, routines established, and materials explored.  As I’ve watched the children explore the room over the past few weeks, I’ve been reminded of the value of simple toys.  Because I teach kindergarten, people in my life (parents at school, acquaintances, relatives) often approach me…

In with the new!

We were allowed in this week, the renovations were finally, finally over.  Here’s what the classroom looked like in July This isn’t the same classroom that I was in last year, we’re across the hall now.  They’ve torn down a wall at this point and are putting in plumbing. Here’s mid-August Getting better, still lots…