“Looks like a cold, cold winter,
plenty of ice and snow,
but we’ll keep the love light in our
As Bing Crosby said, it looked like a cold cold winter this week. With the temperatures plummeting, we were very pleased to see how well all of the children held up to the cold. Thank you, parents, for doing such a good job bundling them all up. In fact, I think us teachers were the only ones who were feeling the cold!
This week, the children spent their mornings discovering the birds hiding in the trees, following along to instruction songs, learning about the difference between migration and hibernation, and singing a very silly song that left them all giggling by the end. Snack was a colder than usual affair and snack mittens were much needed. Even after all our running around in the morning, little fingers get cold fast when they are bared in such chilly weather. On Thursday, we tried out our new tent and we were so excited to see what a great job it did to keep us all warm and sheltered from the wind. We even brought our tent heater out in case we needed it, but our tent worked so well that even in -11 degree temperatures, we didn’t really need it!
This week the children have settled into their play at our last playsites of the session. They return to games that started last week and continue with explorations already begun. Shelters were made and digging was done. There was less rolling down hills this week as the children realized quickly how hard the frozen ground had become.
This week was an unusual week because we had a new child spend the week with us as a special treat. Not only was he a lovely addition to our days, but it was a pleasure to watch the children respond to his presence with kindness and inclusivity. It was clear to us teachers how far some children had grown in these weeks when we watched them interacting with this new child. The children were generous with their knowledge and understanding of this new child’s uncertainty. With no external urging, the children immediately took it upon themselves to show this new friend all of the special, secret places of the field. They were careful to point out the sign warning of poison ivy and quick to remind him of the boundaries of their play. It was a very proud moment for us teachers to see the children we have been nurturing these last weeks take what we have taught and offer it so freely, so quickly, and with such open hearts.