Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snowsuit Time

Last week we enjoyed the company of Pierre Blin, our wilderness expert who also runs our homeschooling program here on site, who spent two days with Sara and our children exploring specific wilderness skills. During his time here, Sara and the children will get the chance to learn fire-building skills, plant and animal identification, wilderness safety, and much more. Additionally, they will get the chance to make their very own 'talking stick' which assists in our theme of celebrating diversity, allowing us to explore First Nations traditions. Also, the talking sticks help our preschoolers learn the sacredness of listening to their peers throughout the day and in story-telling circles.

A friendly reminder for parents when dropping your children off in the mornings, please have their rain gear on them (waterproof pants, waterproof jacket, warm layers underneath, boots, warm hat, and mitts) even when it's not raining given the amount of dew collecting as temperatures drop. Also, in upcoming days (tomorrow to be precise) we may dip to temps -8 degrees, in which case children need to come wearing snowsuits, insulated boots (or rainboots with thick woolen socks), hats, and mitts. When looking to get your child's snowsuit this year, ensure you are getting a waterproof one, and that you're child will be comfortable running around (meaning it's very warm but not too bulky that they cannot move). Thanks kindly for your cooperation on this. It means when the children arrive Sara can immediately go into programming, and not go looking for gear indoors which delays our program from starting up to 1 hour at can be quite difficult getting children indoors, changed, and back outdoors in a short amount of time.

Check back shortly for recent pictures taken during our fire-building workshop! They capture the uniqueness and beauty that our children are experiencing on a daily basis.

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