It's been a fun week talking about friendship. We talked about trust, listening, acceptance and communication. We talk about these things a lot anyway, but we've been able to spend more time on them than usual. We read Leonardo The Terrible Monster, Hey Duck, The Rabbit Listened, and Love Monster and the Last Chocolate. We did a trust walk. We practiced taking turns choosing games to play in small groups. Each child got to decide what we would all play for 2 minutes, (my group played puppies, freeze tag, ninja turtles, and kittens!) We also practiced mindful, active listening , and learned how to play Simon Says, (although not at the same time ;) We've been busy making our valentine bags to collect valentines with. We look forward to seeing everyone who can make it for the potluck tomorrow at 12:30. The children will be making fresh cutout cookies to share at the potluck during the morning. We hope to have the event outside around an open fire in the back yard.
We had some really fun animal sightings this week. While we were sitting down at circle one morning two raccoons padded along the back wall of the yard and walked right by us. Arielle caught a hint of it in a photo below. We all got a great look at them going about their business. We saw a sharp shin hawk above the play yard one afternoon. We heard and saw a lot of different birds at the park; woodpeckers, pacific wrens, crows, jays, bushtits, creepers, juncos, robins, varied thrushes, hummingbirds, kinglets, chickadees and nuthatches. We caught a lovely look at a red tail flying over us one day too, and were able to watch it soar along straight winged and maneuver its tail feathers to glide lazily over. We had a lot of fun with mud and water as usual. We've been watching the camellias slowly open and finding violets in the grass.