Our reflections before the children arrived focused on the kind of Environment we wanted to create with them. We asked ourselves what we could do to ensure that each child was welcomed; and felt seen, heard and valued in keeping with our Image of the child? We use name cards and circle games as ways of getting to know each other and giving each child equal time and space.
We give out numbers in the cloakroom so that children are paired with different friends each time they go outside.
We talked together of the kind of school the children would like to have as a first step towards creating shared ways of being together. I asked the children to imagine peeping through the window of their dream school before suggesting that we create our dream school together at L’ecoline.
We give opportunities to share, collaborate and take responsibility.
|E. brought in a book about crystals to share|
|This led to digging for treasure|
We notice that the children are classifying precious finds so we are extending that in the classroom and planning to visit the museum next week.
We used the beautiful basket N. gave us last year to collect conkers together. We washed them at the lake and are putting them in a jar when we see acts of kindness.
|Setting the table|
|Learning how to greet animals|
|These two are great friends|
|Welcoming Elizabeth and Zelie|
|Bringing in and preparing fruit to share|
|Cooking for parents|
|Supporting each other|
We are thrilled with the Environment all of the children are building with us. An environment conducive to creativity and learning, and a wonderful place to be!
Our artist in residence, Anne Marie, is with us every Thursday, and will be beginning a whole-school project next week. She was also thinking about building relationships and creating a good learning environment when she suggested an open, collaborative atelier for the first two weeks. The artist inspiration was Helen Frankenthaler, and the theme ‘The land seen from above’ We are using the large canvasses as a backdrop for further creative explorations in the classroom.