So much has gone on in playschool since we first began. We're now accustomed to the everyday routine of playing in the park, reading books, singing songs, and building our little community. We have been practicing taking turns and working together.
Here's a rundown of some of the additional things we've been up to:
We just got our new sketchbooks, which we'll slowly fill up as the year goes on. We'll be experimenting with markmaking using graphite, crayons, pastels, and more. The kids are really into water colours!
In addition to working with our new sketchbooks, over the next month we'll be exploring the possibilities of different textiles, making quilts, soft puppets, and leather scrap jewelry.
We visited the farmer's market a few times to see what people are growing and to try out some tasty treats. We made a delicious pirate stew made with dried fruit, maple syrup and chocolate!
In addition to exploring local parks like Dufferin Grove, we went further afield to check out Queen's Park and Riverdale Farm. We also went to St. James Park to talk to people at Occupy Toronto. The kids walked around and (with a little prompting) asked questions like, "Why are you here?" and "What are you doing?". After walking around and observing, we moved to the fountain and threw in pennies. Each child made one wish for the world and one secret wish for themselves.
Some wishes for the world they made:
- I wish everyone could have a nice Mom and Dad and brother
- I wish people in China could have more than one kid
- I have a really cool toy that flies. (so you can wish that for everyone...) ok, I wish everyone could have that toy
- I wish everyone could have enough food
- I wish everyone could have enough money