Today was our first day with children at Pebble Pond Preschool and it was great. The air outside was perfect fall weather, cool and crisp. We had two students today and with such a small group, they were able to have more command over what they wanted to do that day. They started off with breakfast, which is always the best way to start your day. We had toast, peanut butter, and apple slices and they totally consumed everything that was on the table. We serve the meals family style, which helps children try new food and allows them to be in control of their eating. We also sit with them to model good eating habits.
Since we are a nature preschool, and we want the children to spend a good portion of their day outside, after breakfast we headed outside to our outdoor classroom for a few hours. They had a blast running around, playing, and exploring. They helped rake some leaves into a pile and then had fun running through and throwing them.
Later on the girls made sand pies, dug holes in the excavation area, practiced writing the first letter of their name in chalk, played tag, and learned the word "hoja" which is leaf in Spanish. (Since we are a Spanish immersion school, we will be introducing words and phrases to the kids slowly and speaking to them daily in Spanish increasing our frequency with time.) We ended our morning outdoor time with a game of matching, counting and collecting leaves to press and use another day.
After all of that exhausting outdoor fun, we came inside for some warm homemade tomato soup and toast, read a few books in Spanish, and then laid down for a nap. Once we woke up, we had oranges and pretzels for snack and then headed back outside where we looked for and counted bugs under logs, built a house, and played in leaves. It was a great first day at Pebble Pond Preschool with lots of fun, discoveries, and laughter.