Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

Routines Mon Family Reading Mon, Tues  Buddy Reading 9:00 –  9:10 Mon, Tues Thurs  Music with Mrs. Lambert Wed, Fri:  Gym time Tues Library with Mrs. Hilland Wednesday am:  Outdoor Learning (walk to local beach or forest) Thursday am:  Outdoor Learning Dates to Remember  April 6 Ready Set Learn April 7  DBES garage sale April 9  whole school Musical Scientist presentation (pm) April 11  Dine to Be Kind - Ricky ’s Restaurant  (fundraiser for DBES Social Justice Club) April 12  Scholastic book order deadline April 15  –  18  Plastic Bag Grab April 19/22  Easter (no school) April 25  Talent Show 1:00 pm / 6:30 pm Plastic Bag Grab Challenge As a school community we are constantly striving to reduce our ecological footprint and show environmental leadership. From April 15  – 18 we’ll be colle cting plastic grocery bags  only  (no food storage bags, clear produce bags, frozen food bags, snack bags, sandwich bags, re-sealable bags, or plastic packaging). ...
Kindergarten Outdoor Program  moved successfully to Wardstrupp Forest for Wednesday and Friday mornings and will continue with Departure Bay Seashore on Thursday mornings. We spent the first few weeks exploring the new forest and now have established our boundaries, safety rules and even begun to label areas like the climbing tree, the fairy forest and the bog.  The children have also noticed a large amount of garbage in the forest so I brought tongs on Friday and they took turns picking up garbage. The children have been enjoying some risky play as they travel across the bridge to the bog (yes the mud is deep and sticky), climb over stumps and nursing logs and carry branches to build bridges and walls.  Last week we began to decorate the forest with nature art using "twirling twigs" and have plans to add fairy homes next Wednesday using clay and some berries as gifts for the fairies. It has been very successful thanks to the parent support for the walk ...
The children have been looking closely at the drawings in many of our First Nation stories. they have been interested in colour combinations as well as lines, dots, swirls and circles. I introduced this study with books and then moved to large paper with black sharpies and crayons playing My turn, Your turn with two children working in partnership.  Next we visited a grade four classroom to play the same game with us using those same lines, swirls, dashes and circles shaded with crayons. Last week the children began to plan their large mural by painting dots, concentric circles, mixing paint colours and deciding on different colour combinations. This week they filled in the white space with some of our preschool guests. Finally the children worked with our grade two and grade four buddies to add onto our murals with black and white paint using the lines, swirls and dots. This has been great fun and a wonderful way to build classroom and school commun...
We collected a small branch and some twigs to make our first nature craft for the new forest or as the children call it the Woodlands. The children worked in small groups with an adult to decorate the twigs with washi tape and then string them together with yarn or twine and then add a painted rock for weight to stabilize it. Then they chose out of the way branches and hung them in the forest. A few of the children make their own twirling twigs to leave in the forest. And just in case you're wondering yes it was hard to wrap the twine/yarn around the rock without it slipping off. There were quite a few attempts and lots of different strategies like choosing a bumpy shaped rock or an oval rock, using about 3 feet of wool/twine to wrap around the rock or tying especially tight knots. ...