Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Happy, Quirky daycare vignette

We have been in a very cold spell in southern Saskatchewan, and so have spent the week indoors.

Both staff and children have weathered the situation quite well, finding time to enjoy creative play and art, and special moments.

Just before lunch I retrieved my children from another teacher, as I'd been doing some planning, and so we entered our room, and although we had only 30 minutes to lunch, the children were eager to play.

I had set out 2 pairs of ballet slippers, one an adult pair, and the other small child sized black slippers, and I had provided several girls bathing suits in the dressup area.

The children immediately dressed for some dancing, and after some innitial concern re: who would wear the shoes, we established a system of passing them on to the next child, etc.

Jeremy (all names changed) asked for the Baby Einstein cd, (I'd recently brought this cd in for rest time, but Jeremy asks for it every day, all day),  So to some magical classical music my children created a magical dance moment, whirling, twirling, pirouetting in joyful abandon.When lunch arrived the children were willing to come sit down, having apparently recharged from the dance moment, and we had a very pleasant happy lunch time.

And if this wasn't good enough, Guido arrived in time for lunch, entering the room as a galloping horse! Guido galloped around the room, very fast, and "pulled on the reins" of his horse, but to no avail."My horse won't stop". How fun was this, for all involved as the other children looked on in bemusement. After a bit of horseplay, Guido admitted he might be hungry, and came to eat with relish.

A lovely way to spend our Friday, and the happy mood continued til all went home at the end of the day.

These are the monents that make my work sustaining and always delightful.

Thought it would be good to share.

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