Last week we were excited to have an opportunity to try out the climbing wall in Broadgreen Hall, thanks to Helena and her Dad Craig. Three of Craig's students also came along to help get the harnesses on and support the children. The photos show some very brave, adventurous children who 'gave it a go'.
We have been talking to the children about the birds not having enough food during winter. At the end of kai time we having been putting out the left over apple cores and some bird food we made out of cooking fat and bird seed. There was significantly a huge increase in the number of birds coming for their kai yesterday and today. I wonder what birds might come into your place if you put food out for them??
News from Lynette who is currently in Sapa in North Vietnam. They have also enjoyed lots of relaxation in Singapore, Phuket and Siem Reap( Cambodia) . The highlights so far have been the wonderful food and drinks, the time to relax and the monsoon rains.
This morning we went for stroll up to Broadgreen gardens again to visit 'magic tree', the fish and to see if we could find any acorn houses. It was lovely and sunny and time for a picnic. This time we picked up all the rubbish under the magic tree and we were surprised by how much we gathered.
A huge big thank you to Kurt, Sarah and Jaeda for the very generous donations of play equipment from their family and Grocare. The cafe is a hot favourite at the moment with a steady stream of keen sellers and buyers and lots of innovative items are being added to the sales itinerary e.g. cars, wood, and food items. There are some great negotiations going on as children are selling items from about $1 to $100. The teachers have been seen lining up for coffees. The block shelf has added huge value to the block area as it makes the resources easily accessible and looks great. We are loving our new tables as it allows children to gather in smaller groups to work together. The new blue chairs blend perfectly into our environment. The book trolley is very useful out by the sofa under the verandah as we now have a space to gather books and pens, paper and other items. The shelf in the bag area has enhanced the new design of this area. There is also a carpentry shelf and fridge to come as well. So once again, a huge big thank you to Kurt, Sarah, Jaeda and Grocare - we feel blessed by your generosity.
Thank you Cushla (Escher's Mum) for inviting us over to talk with your textile students at Nayland College about the items they are designing for the children at Nayland Kindergarten. Their ideas and respect for our children was wonderful to watch, as they all listened and acknowledged the feedback our 4-5 year olds shared with them. I stood back and watched the interactions and felt so incredibly proud of the children as they so confidently chatted with your students about their work, ideas and possible changes. I am sure after today we will have children back at kindergarten in planning mode next week and of course entrepreneurs in the future. Escher did a fabulous job of being our leader for the morning and he very confidently thanked the group for having us to visit. The photos show the wonderful interactions the children and students were having during this time.
A cool art idea for home. This week we tried out another version of marbling, using shaving cream and dye. All we did was squirt dye onto the shaving foam randomly and then push our card down into it and then lifted it out and scraped the excess foam off the top. It was trial and error but we ended up with some very interesting colour patterns and unique art pieces. The foamy pile of colourful foam left over looked so inviting it was all hands in and time to become green monsters chasing the teachers around the playground.