Reflections from Ms. Suzanne

 Ms. Suzanne rolling felt with Lilac & Daisy Toddlers. These creations became additional playthings in their classrooms  (Lilypads, 'soft'stones and accessories for their large play-mat ) 

Ms. Suzanne rolling felt with Lilac & Daisy Toddlers. These creations became additional playthings in their classrooms (Lilypads, 'soft'stones and accessories for their large play-mat

The Enrichment Program is something the children look forward to with enthusiasm each week.  The multiple levels of engagement offer different layers of learning for the children, while strengthening skills needed for everyday life.

In September, Sunflower House children were introduced to oral storytelling, followed by opportunities to respond while exploring the capacity of their hands. Painting and drawing were followed by making paper and leaf rubbing. Sunflower House children also learned to wash dishes, as well as to both wash and iron napkins.  The garden was carefully tended and the last few tomatoes and beans were gathered up for eating and seed saving.

In October during the warmer days, we worked outside with wool felting and moved onto spiraling apples on a hand crank peeler.  These apples found their way into many snacks through the whole month.  As the days grew shorter, more activity moved indoors.  Wool craft has been very well received by the children in Blossom’s Early Learning Center; the community of children made a lovely play-mat with the products of their wool work.

 Felted playmat created by Blossom Children.

Felted playmat created by Blossom Children.

A few peeks into what the Sunflower House children have been making came down to Blossom in the beeswax crock pot.  All the older children were able to experience the magic of dipping candles and the warmth of beeswax.

At the Sunflower House, November began with making bread dough and hearing stories from Stone Soup and fairy tales.  Building up to the Stone Soup family lunch, we gathered to make harvest crowns and garlands—good practice for making our Winter wreaths.  Baking and making lanterns will be the work weaving through the holiday season.  Children will craft lanterns with paper mache  and recycled tins.