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2/3A Newsletter

2/3A - Beth Peckham

One of our favorite spaces is the Little Woods.  The Little Woods is such a special place; it provides us many opportunities: physical development, social and emotional development, cognitive development, and many opportunities for fun!

Physical Development

Graham has been looking for the longest and heaviest fallen tree branches.  Once he has discovered these branches he will pick up the branch and move it to another area of the woods.  It may be a small distance or great distance.

 Niko has been climbing the “little” ladder in the woods.  He then began practicing climbing the “tall” ladder.  He scaffolds the same skills from the “little” ladder to the “tall” one.  Niko loves to climb the “tall” ladder and it is one of his favorite pieces of equipment in the woods.

 Lucas has been working on acquiring a new skill.  He has been working on climbing up onto the tall tree stump.  Lucas reached this self-imposed challenge through practice.  Each day Lucas would practice climbing up onto the stump and standing with the assistance of a teacher.  With all of this practice he would soon need less and less assistance from a teacher.  Then before you knew it Lucas was climbing up onto the tree stump independently.  He was proud of his newly acquired skill; Lucas had the biggest smile on his face; that ranged from ear to ear.

Charlie McKinnon noticed a log that was rotting on the ground; he quickly became interested in removing individual pieces from the log using his fingers.  He continued removing the pieces, changing the original form of the log and at the same time creating a large pile of pieces of wood.   

Harper enjoys climbing the tall ladder.  She likes to climb up and down the ladder, but also likes to stop at the top and take a several minutes to watch the activity below her and in the distance.  Harper has had the opportunity to watch the train come from the distance, watch her peers involved in activities, and observe the ducks, squirrels, and chipmunks.    

Cognitive Development

Rita noticed the snow that had melted in a crevice of the “big rock.”   There was a small amount of water that collected in a small indention of the rock.   Rita was attracted to the water and began placing her fingers in the water.  It seemed she quickly began learning about the characteristics of the water.  Rita began sharing this knowledge through her language.  She began saying the following words: wet, cold, sandy, and slippery.  

Rose and Mateo have enough confidence in their skills to try all of the traditional and natural materials in the Little Woods provides the both of them.  Rose quickly moves across the stone wall and runs up and down the tree, rock, snow, ice and leaf covered hills while not changing the speed of her body and still keeping her balance.  Mateo moves quickly across the stone wall.  The condition of the wall does not affect his agility while moving across it.  Whether the wall is dried from sitting in the sunshine, wet from both the snow and rain; he uses the same skill to move across it.

Thomas loves to look for insects.  This interest is not diminished by the cold weather.  Thomas continues to look for insects by uncovering the layers of snow, leaves, and dirt.  Thomas has not seen any insects under the ground, but he decided to remove the bark from the fallen trees.   While Thomas removed small and large pieces of bark he discovered beetles under a piece of bark.  He excitedly shared his discovery with everyone in the area who quickly came over and joined him.

 Hayden loves language; he loves to share stories with everyone.  The woods often provide opportunities for Hayden to share a story or two.  James often pretends a large fallen tree branch is an ankylosaurus, a dinosaur.  This triggered a topic of conversation for Hayden.  He began to share with everyone that the dinosaurs lived a long time ago. They died.  Some dinosaurs ate fruit and vegetables.  Some dinosaurs ate each other.

Imaginary Play

 James discovered a long-fallen tree branch leaning against the stone wall.  James quickly incorporated the branch as an element in his imaginary play.  James climbed up onto the branch and maneuvered his body on the branch so he was sitting on the branch.  He began sharing with everyone that he was riding an ankylosaurus. 

    

Enjoyment

 Halle enjoys using the yellow slide!  She goes down the traditional way on her bottom, but also enjoys going down the slide on her stomach, knees, side, or standing just as much as going down on her bottom.

Social and Emotional Development

Charlie Evans offered his assistance to Rita who wanted to walk along a fallen tree log.  Rita asked a teacher to help her walk along the log.  The teacher was helping another child at the “tall” ladder and offered that she would come over when she was done helping the child at the ladder.  Charlie heard this conversation and walked over to the log.  He then told Rita he would help her and he offered her hand.  Rita and Charlie held hands; Rita began walking along the log while Charlie walked along side Rita holding her hand.

A big welcome!

We would like to welcome Bram Corduck and his parents, Robb and Lauren Corduck and big sister, Ester.