Toddler and Junior Preschool Newsletter
Outdoor play is important for us all. Our challenging weather has kept us in, for most of the winter, but hopefully, in April, we will be able to play outside on most days. Richard Louv,( Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder) expresses outdoor play this way;
"The physical exercise and emotional stretching that children enjoy in unorganized play is more varied and less time-bound than is found in organized sports. Playtime—especially unstructured, imaginative, exploratory play—is increasingly recognized as an essential component of wholesome child development.”
Please continue to dress your children in weather appropriate clothing. We will always be prepared to go outside if it is above -20 degrees centigrade and not pouring with rain!
In keeping with the "spring" theme we are celebrating "babies", this month. We will be discovering bird's nests and "Pysanka" or Ukrainian eggs, (the word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, "to write", as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax), at the science table. Babies on the farm will be represented by the farm with animals located in the block and floor toy area.
A favourite "spring" song is Japanese in origin. It is as follows, and uses actions to help sing the song.
Springtime is Coming
Springtime is coming , springtime is coming,
Where does springtime come?
Up on the mountains, down in the valleys,( make a mountain with your hands,then a valley)
And right here at home! (hug yourself)
A traditional Ukrainian pysanka with bird motifs