Friday, January 23, 2015

Imaginative Play

Children's imaginations are rich and wonderful, and open, imaginative play gives them opportunities to play out their ideas, concerns, desires, and wonders. This castle, along with fairies, knights, dragons, jewels, shells, and more, has been a favorite at school.

Here the castle is covered with snow,

and a trail of rocks leads away from it. Just to take a minute or two and listen to how the children negotiate who will play with which character, where they will be in the castle, and deciding how to manage the powerful play themes, tells a lot about how the children are developing and growing.

Outside time

There is always something fun to do during Outside Time. This little girls is planting some flowers in the window box on the beach house.

It took some cooperation from the children to get this job done. Look how they figured out how to pull a little slide up to the outside of the window.

Learning about babies

The Dolphin class had a special visitor one day while we were learning about babies. It was one friend's baby brother.

We got to look at his cute little body, and how he moves, and how he looks the same as the big kids, as well as different.

Look! He sucks on his toes!

We painted with baby bottles, which was fun,

and we cared for the baby dolls. These babies were very dirty and needed a good bath.

Let's get you all dry! Taking care of babies is fun, and a lot of hard work.

Pajama Day at ICP

Who doesn't like wearing their jammies to work or preschool (well, some don't, but...)? This is a favorite day for all of us.

Pancakes, made by the children, are on the menu for snack. Yum!

These pancakes had blueberries in them and "snow" on top (powdered sugar)!

Snuggling in the big bed for stories is great.

All ages got to help make pancakes.

We read books together,

and giggled beneath the covers together.

More pancakes!

Tummy time on the bed in our jammies. Tummy time helps strengthen the muscles that help support our heads, and this affects the brain stem, which helps with self-regulation. Besides, it's fun!

Jumping on the bed.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star!

The Orcas had a jammie fashion show.

All of the special details were pointed out.

Aren't these jammies cute? And this friend?

The Orcas wrote how many oancakes they could eat. Some children guessed 100!

Breakfast in bed.

The chef has been very busy- just look at all of that food he made!

A bedtime selfie.

How many can we get in this bed?

And, finally, more pancakes!

To end the day, there were 10 in the bed, and the little one said, "Roll over!"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Orcas Visit Mossback Cafe

One of our farm teachers, Leslee, is the owner of a restaurant called Mossback Cafe in Kingston. To end our fall season with Educulture at the farm, we took a trip to her cafe to spend the afternoon cooking. We all wore colorful aprons.

We were baking fruit pastries. Leslee taught us about the pastry we were going to use.

She carefully showed us how to roll it out,

and then how to cut it.

We cracked some eggs to make an egg wash for the pastry.

A dad helped us cut the pastry into the right size.

We sliced apples and pears.

It took a lot of careful cutting to get the slices just the right thickness.

we couldn't resist playing with the flour.

Then we mixed some cinnamon sugar.

We brushed the edges of the pastry with the egg wash,

loaded them up with apples, pears and cranberries, and closed them up by pressing two corners. We sprinkled them with sugar.

While the pastries cooked, we cleaned up and set the table.

there were pretty plates and colorful napkins, bottles of water, jars of flowers, and we even lit the candles.

Then it was time to eat.

Those pastries were good to the last crumb! Delicious!

When we were finished we took a tour of the restaurant to learn more about how it works. We had a wonderful time, and we thank Farm Teacher Leslee for sharing her talents and restaurant with us!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pizza Day!

A favorite part of learning about food and each other (what, you only like green olives on your pizza?), is Pizza Day. We all get to bring in our favorite pizza topping for our own pizza, and to share with friends.

It is an experience to work with real pizza dough. How much lour does it take to make the dough not sticky?

We get to choose what goes on our pizzas. It is interesting watching what other friends choose.

Pizzas ready to go in the oven. Just a little bit of flour on the floor.

Finished Dolphin pizzas! Mushrooms, spinach, goat cheese, olives, and many more toppings. Yum!

While we waited for the pizzas to cook, we made paper pizzas in the art space.

They are delicious!

The Sea Otters made pizzas on English muffins.

After making our pizzas, we sat and waited, watching them cook in the toaster oven.

Another yum!

A big sister came to the Orca class and helped us get ready. So many different toppings to put in bowls!

We shaped our pizzas, put them on the pan,

and then we added our toppings.

Ready for the oven! This little girl has a green olive pizza. Gourmet all the way!

While we waited for the pizzas to cook we had a play dough pizza parlor. Look at these delicious beauties!

Yum,

yum,

double YUM!