Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Flatosaurus egg!

We are talking about spring and growing things and hopefully you have a sprouting seed at your house.  Some of the kids chose to make a seed progression book and some didn't.  That is ok!  We had coloring and scissor practice.  Some kids said "We're digging a tunnel!" and others said "We're being cats!"  And there were "eggs" (rocks) being collected that were from a "flatosaurus dinosaur." The main thing we are seeing is friendships forming and groups moving around and changing. 

We had such a fun time  that it was soon time for snack.  We read a cool book called Vegetable Soup.

We played one of our favorite games of "Hansel and Gretel" which involves one group making a trail for the other to follow.  The yellow group led the way and the blue group found us even when we went off trail!  We met up for a quick play by the stream before the blue group led us down to the bridge.  We have such fun with our TOP games!

As we near the end of the year, one thing I really notice is how the children interact with each other.  There is a lot of talk and conferencing when they want to play something.  They also know that we will be having a talk when someone has been hurt or slighted.  And they come and speak almost willingly.  The groups are welcoming to whomever wants to play their game even if there are definite favorite playmates.  These are all important skills as they move forward.  Negotiating, voting - we do all of this at TOP.  All with the fun of the outdoors.

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