Although short, this week has been busy, fun filled, and exciting!
Our focus in movement has started growing into how we can make objects move be that our whole body, feet, or just our hands!
With winter (slowly) coming, we know that winter boots will be a required article of clothing to wear. We also know how difficult it is to go from light slippers/shoes to trying to walk around in heavy, clunky winter boots.
Our interest is still climbing the stairs at Ottewell Lodge. Next, we plan to start climbing stairs in our winter boots! To familiarize ourselves with putting them on and taking them off, the weight of them and how different it is for our bodies to move with them on.
Using bamboo knives with Kerry, our cutting skills have really started to develop. First we roll our play doh into sausages, then we grab our knife – making sure the blade is down and then cut them right in half, doing this over and over again. In this moment we are acknowledging that each child is strong, capable and resourceful, and these are the moments that shape our experiences within Quartz.
Some children often ask for a knife at breakfast when we have cinnamon bread to cut their bread by themselves. We could simply say ‘No ‘ without a second thought but, based on time spent practicing with Kerry, we are giving the children the opportunity to take knowledge that they gave gained and apply it to their everyday life, because they are capable.
“Every child is a mighty learner. A mighty learner brings body and mind – his or her whole being to play and learning. To be mighty means to be powerful, robust, vigorous and awe-inspiring.” (PPP, Pg 61)
Our question to you is – How do you see your child as a mighty learner? In what ways do you allow your child to show you just how capable and resourceful they really are?