Wednesday, January 9, 2013

It's Winter Time at TOP!



Welcome to a new 10 week session of The Outdoor Preschool!

Teacher Jen and Ann are so excited to welcome 4 girls into the program. The kids last session loved to bug us when we said automatically "boys and girls". Now we can mean it!

It is January and a very wet and rather cold time of year. Thank you to all of the parents who sent their children dressed appropriately for the weather. A second set of mittens is going to be a good idea as is the hand warmers. Many of the kids held their hand warmers for much of the day. This will get harder to do as we do more climbing under and over and on top of logs and trails. But that will come.

We started our circle time with a fun song about a snowman:
We are looking forward to adding this song to our song repertoire.
The kids did a great job of going over some of the safety rules we have at TOP.
Some of the kid suggestions were:
  • Don't push other kids.
  • If you get lost stay where you are and yell for a teacher.
  • Don't put your fingers in the animal cages.
We also went over how to run ahead-with teacher's permission and to always stop at a sign or a bridge to make sure that everyone catches up.

We began the day with a trip to see the animals. Sunny the pig was very active as were the kids (young goats). We enjoyed watching the kids pretend fight with each other. We also went into the hen house to count the eggs (there were 2 of them!) and to learn about what the chickens eat. (COB-a corn, oats and barley combination)

Soon tummies were rumbling-so we had snack in the woods at the outdoor classroom space. We had time for 2 books and everyone enjoyed the respite. Some of the kids from last session wanted to go visit the Yellow Pumpkin's resting spot. So we were off into the woods-sans trail-to see the squished orange pumpkin bits that are left.

Then the blue and yellow groups separated for a hike till lunch time. The yellow group went over 2 bridges and watched how the water took their sticks away down the current. We also stopped at the octopus tree before we ran into the blue group. The blue group hiked around the back of the park and played on a rocks hill. They even waved at Logan's mom and brother-since their house backs up to the park!

Lunch time was busy with everyone opening their lunches and talking about their day. We ended the day with a fun game of statues.

We are really looking forward to a fun winter time at TOP!

Chubby Snowman

There was a chubby snowman
Who had a carrot nose (put fist to nose like carrot)
Along came a bunny (2 fingers up for ears)
And what do you suppose (hands on up)
The hungry little bunny (rub tummy)
Was looking for his lunch (hand to forehead, looking)
He grabbed that snowman's carrot nose
NIBBLE! NIBBLE! CRUNCH!! (Pretend to eat carrot)

The Noble Duke of York

Oh, the noble Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill and
Marched them down again

And when they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only half way up
They were neither up nor down

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