Friday, November 30, 2012

Digging for treasure!

Digging For Treasure: 

    New friends arrived on Wednesday and the treasure digging began!  I am always amazed at how easy it is for children to jump right into a new place with brand new faces and become part of the group.  We added two new families to our group this week and we hope they keep joining us!  We welcome Sher and her children Kian and Kayden as well as Justyna and her son Kaleb to Natural Learning!   

    The children instantly connected while working together digging up treasure.  It was interesting as usual to see how the three digging tools we have on the playground are shared and passed from child to child.  There seemed to be one tool that most of the children "needed" for this project and with a little help with the words the children managed to make sure everyone had a chance to use it.  Perfect example of the "practicing" of social skills on the playground!  

  Sharing is not something children are born knowing how to takes lots of practice!  I prefer letting the children ask their friends if they can have a turn with whatever they are wanting to use.  Helping them say, "Can I have a turn, when you are done?"  Usually the child with the object will respond, "Yes."  I like to stay close by in case the exchange never happens, but it usually does!  This is child-directed problem-solving....putting the power in the child's hands!     

Lots of cooking and baking in our outside and inside kitchens this week!  

 Play dough is something I always have for the children to use each week.....just the color changes :).

Easel Painting and mixing colors!  Sam said his was painting a "turtle."

Abigail discovered some mushrooms on the playground.....

We worked hard on some cool yarn art pieces,

and we built castles with our big legos!  

We enjoyed showing our knew friends how our "sharing" works as well.  Sharing can even be a story or "news" the child may want to share.   A huge part of the fun is the "guessing."  I think I may love it more than the kids!

Can't wait to see everyone next week!  Please RSVP on Meetups to let me know if you can join us!  You can also text me at anytime (with four teens I am a texting genie) (770) 820-4044.  Have a great weekend, Joy

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pumpkins and Spider Webs

Feeling a Little Like Fall!   

  Fall was definitely in the air these last two weeks!  It's good to get outside as much as we can when the sun shines this time of year to get our Vitamin D!    

I was out of town and unplugged from technology last week!  It was a nice forced Digital Detox (no internet in Nantahala Mountains), but I was not able to get my Natural Learning Newsletter out!  Here is it!

  We decided to have our snack inside last week and have hot chocolate to keep us warm!  
  We also did a cool science experiment called Milky Fireworks! The kids just love watching the erupting colors!  
For those who wanted to know the Science behind the experiment... here is: Milk contains both fat and water.  These two do not mix and detergent is a substance that will mix with fat and water! When the detergent is dropped in the milk, one end of the detergent molecule attaches to the fat and the other attaches to the water which causes a boiling effect (the erupting/firework colors)! 

  We decorated pumpkins!  If you cut your pumpkin open and add soil,water and sun you may grow your own pumpkin!  

Some of us even decorated our own faces!

We played with green play dough!

Ramps and cars outside!

Marble Web painting takes lots of concentration!

We dressed up!

Artists at work!

Tower Fun!

We waited patiently to share and then enjoyed every second of it!

Photos from November 7th!  We stayed warm and played inside on this rainy, wet and cold day!

Next Week:  We will work on our Scarecrow...we saved the activity so more of our friends could help! If you have any plastic grocery bags for stuffing please bring them!   

Holiday Breaks:  We will not meet the week of Thanksgiving: November 21st and also December 26th-Jan 2nd. 

December 19th we will have a Gingerbread Workshop day at Natural Learning!  More info to come!