It is hard for me to believe that Summer is over and we just finished with our third week of school. I always feel stumped writing the first post of the year. Those first couple weeks are a whirlwind of activity. We spend a lot of time adjusting to a new schedule, learning the rhythm of the day, making new friends, and of course comforting and easing the anxiety of starting preschool and kindergarten. I use this blog as a means for documenting what the children do throughout the day, a little window for parents to peer into and see their children at school. I also try to make it informative so that parents who stay home with their children, or educators can use it for project ideas. Today's post is a smattering of the various outside adventures we have enjoyed over the past three weeks.
Round and Round, Up and Down we go! The playground has been a thrill for the children. Our Bike Merry-Go Round is a highlight, as well as our climbing dome.
We not only are blessed with a little swing set in the playground, but we are also next to a school with a large swing set that we take a little path to on the days when we have older children who all want to swing at once.
Our new playground has some really fun teeter totters as well
And who can resist a ride on a kiddie kopter or finding shelter from tag in the tunnel.
Sand and gravel pit play are always a nice centering activity for the children. I often see them run for a while and then play in the sand box to recharge.
Exploring with some tubes in the gravel pit.
Cruising along on the "brake bikes" as the children call them.
The Kindergartners have been enjoying several nature walks around the school and the property next door.
We have a bunch of children who like to pretend they are monkeys swinging from branches.
We are surrounded by beautiful oak and maple trees, and the children have been enjoying gathering acorns and leaves.
One of our favorite tag games is "The Old Grey Cat" where one child is the cat, and the others are mice creeping around the sleeping cat, but when the cat wakes those mice better run, and boy do they have some room to run at the new school!
We have also had some visits from natures little friends.
I feel very blessed with the playground and surroundings of our new space, it has been wonderful watching the children explore and enjoy.