Encounters

Encounter–this word has been swirling though my mind as we enter a new year. In the past fews years, inspired by others, I have chosen a word that will support setting an intention for the upcoming year.  Influenced by one of my mentors, I have been thinking a lot about encounters. I am interested in exploring how to deepen my encounters with people, places, animals and things. How can I make each encounter rich and worthy? How can one encounter affect and inform the next? What is my role in an encounter? How can I keep myself open enough to receive the offerings given to me by an encounter?

The reason why I share this with you is because I would like to bring this intention to my daily work with children.  How can I best support their own moment to moment encounters? As I look though these photos with this in mind, I can see a beautiful start to a new year!

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A chilly day naturally invites thought of warmth and fire. These Owls make a campfire, roasting marshmallows. The pretend play is complex, including adding new ingredients, cooking for each other, and warning each other of burning hot marshmallows. Kye is handing me a marshmallow, cooked on this long blade of dried grass.

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Annabelle, as seen many times before, lays down and snuggles herself into her little bed. Zoya offers to sing her a goodnight song. Isn’t this lovely- Zoya bringing her home traditions to others?

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Writing in cold weather is tricky, requiring a glove removal. Araceli concentrates as she begins to express her idea on paper.

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Theia enjoys working in this peaceful setting. What is she hearing, seeing and feeling as she perches herself on this boulder?

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Maliya references the bird field guide to identify a bird in the water.

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The Owls develop their balance and proprioceptive skills as they negotiate the icy trail.

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Chores are part of living together in a house. Frazer helps to care for our plants, generously donated by Barry.

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Kate supports Mattias and Nikas’ curiosity around ice as she sets up a melting station.

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The Owls cooking group makes apple crisp. They enjoy the smell of the cinnamon and speak enthusiastically about the butter!

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Cosy time… why use our blankets when you can use mini carpets?

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Justine and Ashlyn have fun typing on the keyboards and looking at books together. What will develop from this play?

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The Owls bring in the garbage and recycling, an exercise in working together as the bins are awkward to carry.

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Ludwig comments about how beautiful it is to be outside for snack time.

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The Eagles summit this muddy hill- now you can see why their clothes were so muddy! It was the kind of mud that incited more play as children gloated about their muddiness!

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William and Olivia problem solve tying a knot so the cord can reach from one tree to another. What other ways can we support this type of work?

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Rafe shows Kye and Vino his stamp and transformer. It is a beautiful moment of sharing- gentle hands, polite words and mutual respect.

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Audrey gives the ball “a giant kick” to pass to William. Playing with balls has so much to offer in terms of both gross motor skills and social development.

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Nicholas is ready for the premier league as he dribbles, kicks and protects the ball!

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Chilling out on a creative piece of furniture- a step up from the gravel! Clever Yi Teng!

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Climbing, leaning, pushing in the friendliest of ways.

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Tricia points out interesting things to notice- mountains, birds, water; we are so lucky to walk along the Fraser River.

‘Till the next post,

Emily