With such great weather this week, it made the kids strip away those winter layers and even kick off their shoes. This week was full of dirty feet and fresh nap-time air. When children attend Pebble Pond Preschool, they can choose to sleep inside our outside in our designated napping area in the shade. At first they were a little distracted by the wandering squirrel, the bright sun, and the outside noises of leaves rustling in the wind and birds chirping. But after about 10 minutes, their excitement of sleeping outside lost to their sleepiness. When they awoke, one student said, "Man, I feel so rested. That was some good sleep".
After sitting at the bottom of a tree in the yard, they determined that they would have a better grip if they took off their shoes. Soon after the shoes came off so did the socks and well the rest is history. Now they love going barefoot out in the yard. Of the many benefits of walking barefoot for children, one of the most important is it strengthens the feet and lower legs, making their body more agile and less prone to injury. It also helps children develop their body awareness.
This week's nature topic was trees and our edible plant was sage. We did various activities and crafts creating the different tree parts and placing them together. Look at the images below to see our tree activities. We discussed what a tree was and what they do for us and nature. Earlier in the week we harvested some sage for a tasty veggie soup and on Friday we harvested some more to make some tea and hung some up to dry to take home and burn later.
90% of the time, our children are apart of the "Clean Plate Club". We hear so many, "Wow, this actually tastes pretty good." or "Mmmmmm Mmmmm". This week we tried some new recipes with the kids and again, they loved it. From home made Spaghetti-Os with zucchini sticks, to a veggie soup with fresh sage and kale from our vegetable garden. It all was a hit. But their favorite was our nacho lunch that we ate outside and the banana, peanut butter cinnamon breakfast wraps.