Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Welcome back to The Outdoor Preschool!

We are blessed with warm weather this first week back at The Outdoor Preschool.  We were happy to begin our day with  a new cool ball with a wind sock that flies.  Thanks Conrad for bringing the new toy to TOP!  During circle time we all learned a new poem about an Apple Tree.

Way up high in the Old Apple Tree
Two little apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples.
MMMM were they good!

You can ask your child to show you the hand signs for it.  They are learning some real sign language with this poem.
After singing the TOP song we set out on our hike.  Over the stream, which was super low and up the hill, to the Elephant tree. Many of the kids wanted to climb the Elephant tree and sit on it's trunk.  We are learning how to climb with our hands and not someone picking us up.  We will also be working on that TOP is a dirty preschool!  I had one student explaining to a new student that it is ok to get dirty at this school.  In fact - we are supposed to get dirty!
We also practiced on our hike, stopping at signs, bridges and to stop if a teacher holds up her hand in a stop position.  The kids from last year were a big help in teaching the new kids the safety rules.  I don't think it will take too long for the new kids to be up to speed!

Snack was at the picnic table and we read a farm animal book and a book on Johnny Appleseed.  We'll be learning more about apples on Thursday.

Then there was still time for some play on the tire swings and a lot of the kids used their eagle eyes to look for beads in the wood chips.  (You might have gotten some beads home.) 

(If you ever have extra beads to donate to the school-we like to use them for hunting in the wood chips or sometimes in the woods.  I try and pick them up at garage sales.)

Oh too quickly it was time for lunch and to say goodbye.  All in all, it was a very good first day!  See you Thursday for another warm day!

PS Parents:  Please label clearly your child's backpack and lunchbox with your child's first name.  Also label your child's snack.  When it gets time for mittens you will want to label them as well.  A sharpie works well on a tag. 

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