Saturday, May 5, 2012

An Enchanted Childhood Playschool ~ April 30th ~ May 4th ~ Cinco de Mayo

We have been asked many times to write up our "lesson plans" so others could use them.  Honestly, we just spend a little time thinking about how we want the "school year" to look and go from there.  We wing-it a lot, doing impromptu things that add to our plans.  I am always amazed that anyone would think what we do is worthy of writing down for others to read, but here it goes!

Now that our Alphabet Journey is over and spring has definitely sprung, you will see much less pre- planned inside activities and much more spontaneous outside fun!

This week we took many nature walks.  The Little Ones enjoyed climbing Two Tree Mountain and sliding down Two Tree Mt MudSlide (yes! we name every path and every landmark lol) They went on a hunt for centipedes and other interesting pieces of nature!

 A close up of the curls.. because they make me sigh!

 A Tulip Poplar bud in one hand and a centipede on the other arm.. cause that's how we roll!

 Proud of his "Christmas Fern"!

Another day, we went on a walk run around to PoppawJohn's (otherwise know as Mr. McGregor) garden.


And on to the Big Creek!!

Friday was rainy, so we did a little "child led" project that worked prefectly for Cinco de Mayo--a Shape Taco!  We reviewed circle, square, triangle, and rectangle.  Using markers to color/decorate our shapes, we then turned them into a Shape Taco.  (Last week when we made our earths with the cardboard, one of the children said "That looks like a taco"! So a new project was invented!) Later we had cheesy quesadillas for snack. Yum!

The youngest of our Playschool children!  Isn't he a cutie!!

**We have had people ask about the "matching clothes" the children wear outside.  We decided a couple of years ago to buy tee shirts and sweats (and yardsale swimming trunks for summer) so we weren't always muddying up the little ones' own clothes.. makes everyone much happier!!


  1. I just created my own blog mostly because I always want to comment on yours and never could. LOL. I love all the things you two do in your day care. I love looking at the pictures of the happy children and seeing the activities you do with them.

    1. Thanks CJ!! Blogging is such a nice form of communication!

  2. Looks like so much fun! Kids love to play out in nature so much...Zia has way more fun with a stick and a stream than any toy I could give her. And I love that you have your own "Mr. McGregor" haha!


  3. Looks like happy days at your place! We're already missing the warmer weather here. Makes quite a difference. And good idea on the matching outfits.

    Thanks for sharing on Happy Family Times!

  4. Two Tree Mountain looks absolutely enchanting! And I love those shape tacos! And I have to tell you, I think it's a wonderful idea to supply the mud clothes! Nice going, and thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday!!

  5. Yes. I see creeking is a big hit with you too!

  6. Those open-ended outdoor adventures make for the happiest family memories I think! (And what beautiful curls!) Thanks for sharing with us at the Outdoor Play Party!