"The first essential for the child's development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy."
~Dr. Maria Montessori
Today we enjoyed a lovely family field trip to Berry Patch farms. The children had a blast playing on the playground and visiting the animals before it was time for our tractor ride.
Soon, it was time to get on the hayride. We went on a longer trip than we had before and went over a bridge or two and several muddy puddles, which were exciting for the children!
Once we arrived at the pumpkin patch, the children loved making their way through the field, picking up a small pumpkin or squash to take home and spotting some crickets and ladybugs as they went.
After our little hike, we made it through some cotton plants to the pumpkin patch where we had fun frolicking among some large pumpkins and posing for pumpkin pictures.
Before we knew it, our hayride returned to pick us up to bring us back to get some apple cider.
A wonderful time was had by all. Happy Fall Ya'll!
Today was Garden Day, and thanks to the help of everyone who donated plants and our wonderful garden volunteers, we had a great day! Our raised bed was quite overgrown, and the children loved weeding it.
Once the bed and planters were clear, it was time to plant! There were lots of plants to carry.
It was a lot of work to get everything in the ground, luckily we had lots of help!
We even found a ripe watermelon!
After we finished planting, it was time for lunch with our volunteers and some playtime.
Thank you for helping us keep our school beautiful!
Toddlers are such a capable group of little people. Their knowledge and abilities are a wonder to watch each day and this week we did a bit of baking in our community. Did I say baking? Yes, these lovely children did their own baking this week. With an adult watching, our young friend began the process with combining our dry ingredients as well as watching the wonder of yeast mixing with hot water.
As we moved on to mixing, we found our ingredients combining into something new that smelled delicious. What would happen next?
Now we arrived at one of the best steps for toddlers...kneading! What a sensory experience it was to feel of the dough in our hands and see it not letting go as well as watching the changing consistency in the bowl.
Then after waiting for it to rise (and a lot of peeking to see what it was doing under the towel) we kneaded again and turned our bowl of dough into mini loaves of uncooked bread.
We used our last bit of patience while the mini loaves cooked and finally got to enjoy our Toddler Bread! It was a wonderful treat for us all and we hope you will try working with your toddler in the kitchen...you never know what the experience will bring.
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