October 27, 2012
Good weekend all,
People certainly were excited about upcoming Halloween events, and it was quite the topic of discussion at snack and lunch on Friday. At school we have been singing some very fun songs and doing some spooky rhymes. Of course the major project has been our story/song and the puppets we have been making for it. I chose this particular story for its repetitive refrains and humor by which we have all been amused. The puppets have required a lot of fine motor skills, perseverance, stretching our abilities a little further and creativity to make each one individual to each child. Monday we will be crafting the final prop…the big pumpkin, and we are pretty excited about that.
It would be hard not to notice our new driveway entrance…wow. That was an amazing morning of activity and so un-Crucian in its execution. It was all done in record time and I don’t think it was totally due to all of the “help” Michael’s dad had from our children, but there were certainly some avid workers. What a gift.
I was speaking to a parent this week about the way our program is sometimes construed by the children. Due to the nature of our play based days it is a bit of an adjustment for children to grasp the concept of obligatory activities, especially when at the outset the project might not seem ultra exciting or if it is interrupting a more self directed project like block building, which is a favorite activity. Ideally, in our children’s minds, time would just flow, stopping for food and water occasionally. So sometimes there is disappointment, expressed in a variety of ways, when I announce my plan, which I think is not surprising given the back ground of these children. Just so you know, I think it is important for children to understand the concept of doing things they might not want to do with a certain sense of decorum. It is a tough concept for some, but part of our program is learning to work as a group having respect for others. Consequently, much to the chagrin of some, I stand firm in my convictions. We have logical consequences and teachable moments which are sometimes a reality check, but we keep our eye on the prize and forge ahead.
Wednesday we will be having a small celebration for Halloween. We will make some cookies and carve a pumpkin and roast some seeds….maybe play a game or two, and go through our Halloween song and story repertoire. We won’t be dressing in costumes, because they can be distracting to the rest of the activities. I am looking forward to the day and the rest of the week.