Happy

Happy New Year to all and welcome to 2016! A dear friend of mine gave me a special gift; a small jar with strips of paper with one word written on each piece. Each day, for the month of January, I pull one word out for that day. So far I have pulled out “enthusiasm, strength, unique, breeze, perspective, learning, friendship, connection and vision”. I really like the idea of a word weaving throughout my day- it sets an intention, a pathway.

Influenced by this thought,  when I looked at the photos from this week my mind immediately chose a word: happy. We say Happy New Year for the first few weeks of January and then we stop. But really, we should keep going. We should wish for happiness each day- maybe not all day but most of it. When I look at the faces of these children, I see happiness. I see smiles and hear laughter. Most of the time.

Long ago, another friend of mine shared his philosophy of life with me; we can choose how we feel about things. This concept has remained with me over the years and I try my best to live by it and have often shared this idea with the children in my care because I believe they too are capable of choosing how they feel about something. So, I choose to be happy, as much as I can… I invite you to do the same. Happy today and tomorrow and all days to come. Smile as you see these little people enjoying their time together at Nature School!

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It doesn’t take much snow to make snow angels. Snow is so alluring- we all love it! There is something so magical about snow. I found it interesting that later in the day, when the snow had melted, I did not hear any children ask why it had disappeared. 

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The Eagles share their reflections from their 3 minute sit spot session. Most comments relate to sound ( birds, airplanes). We wonder how to encourage different sensory awareness; something we will focus on next time.

 

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Lorraine, Jason and our new friend, Mia, have fun exploring bubbles. Jason wipes his mouth, after putting the wand directly to his lip. We learn by doing!

 

Sit spots-Owls and Eagles take time to be with themselves.

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HAPPY

‘Till the next post,

Emily