We are so lucky to be surrounded with such a beautiful and caring neighbourhood. This week we went on two walks. One walk lead us to a park and another lead us to a raspberry patch.
Because the park was 7 blocks away, we used many strategies to keep the children motivated. The large assortment of flowers grown and groomed by our neighbours were especially popular. We even saw tomatoes and corn growing next to a fence. There were also many vehicles to identify, such as blue buses, garbage trucks, and motorcycles. We were taken by surprise when Roman identified a Hydrovac Truck! He told Kerry he saw one on his way home yesterday. Kerry and the rest of the educators had to investigate what a Hydrovac truck actually does. Now the question is – how can we create water pressure to move soil around? What will that device look like?
This morning, Audrey’s Mom brought us in a map to her house a few blocks away. She invited us to go and pick raspberries from her back yard. We decided not to waste any time, so right after breakfast, we adorned our bright orange pinnies, got our hats on, and we were off! On the way, we came across a neighbor picking cherries from his tree. He was kind enough to let use pick some of our own and have a few bites of the not-so-sweet cherries. Once at the raspberry patch, we began picking them and popping them into our mouths. We returned with only a handful to share with our friends. Will there be more berries this year? When is raspberry season over? And so our raspberry investigation begins…
Besides all of the visual stimulation and conversations that occur on our community walks, one of the dearest features is the social connection we make with our neighbours and each other. We get big waves from cars going by, compliments from people walking by, and the occasional beep of a horn from a big truck. It is also wonderful to see the caring demeanor of the Quartz children as they decide whose hand they will hold and how they will take turns pushing the wagon.
We hope that all of families get an opportunity to go for a walk this weekend. You many even find out that your child can identify a pineapple weed!
Have a great weekend
Quartz Team- Kerry, Kaitlin, Carlei