I’m having some lovely days with children here at Numala Kinder.
This is how our days roll: settle in for the day, hang out together in the back yard. morning tea. artwork. books. dressups. building. waterplay and mudplay. freeplay outside. We may go to the creek, a bushwalk or for a walk around the estate. We may ride bikes and scooters to the park. Free play inside. journal time. lunch. cubby time (rest). and out we go to play again. Our days are relaxing, creative and interesting. We notice stuff. We love the creek. Specially on these hot days.
There is no story time!!! Nope! I don’t schedule it because I tell stories ALL DAY LONG. And so do the children. It is a natural way to communicate, and some great discussions flow when we allow the space to open. Why schedule it when we can take advantage of the right moment? Stories come when they are ready. Sometimes planned, sometimes not, but when they come, they come with our ritual opening and closing so children know it is a time to come close, to listen and create together. I also sing often throughout the day, and our group times are spontaneous rather than planned. It is a real shift for me to work this way, much more intuitive and mindful. I’m tired at the end of the day from holding this space, but it is a lovely, good kind of tired.
We also share a journal – this time of creating together records anything and everything. Anything the children want to share in there is fine, whether it be an experience that moved them greatly, or their interest in jet skis. We might pick up a thread and follow it for a while, or we might just be able to use the journal to voice what is happening for us here and now. This week we have been very fascinated with the bean pods growing around the compost. All our creative activities and our free play has involved the beans, their pods, their skins and their flesh in so many different ways. I never thought to peel the skins off the fresh beans themselves, but when a child asked to do it we discovered the skins look like little butterfly wings. We also discovered they dry curly so we are trying to press some and see if they stay flat. This is how we learn: through our interest, our investigations and our play.