Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

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 community. ...
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. ...
These past few weeks we have revisited making complex patterns as a group. The children have worked with a partner to create a complex movement pattern and demonstrated their patterns to their peers during circle time. They have also worked with  a partner using loose parts to create patterns which will be uploaded into their SeeSaw e-portfolio. We have also been playing with the number 100 and borrowed our chart back from the grade twos for some counting by 5's and 10's to 100. The children enjoyed a scavenger hunt for 100 chocolates and enjoyed a treat. We still have some chocolates left and the children has asked for another scavenger hunt next week. On Wednesday the children made crowns, played 100 number games with Mrs. Radigan's class, did 100 movements in the gym and built structures in small groups using 100 pieces.   The 100 Lego collections began to arrive last week and are slowly accumulating. It's not too late as we w...