Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lou is having a baby!

Lou is having a baby!

She kindly asked us and our children to share a little of her journey by spending the morning with her and doing some belly painting :)

We did a walk across the river to find the gorse flowers which are small and fluffy and perfect for the end of the paint brush. When these were stuck into the end of a short piece of bamboo they worked well. The children used pounders and large rocks to crush carious different coloured rock mixed with water made the paste to paint.

One family brought along some paint made from beetroot and garden greens which also looked pretty.

This experience was on so many levels VERY special. Lou sharing this time with us, the opportunity to talk about the children when they were in our tummies, discussion about what baby is doing right now in Lou's tummy.......

There was so much time and care taken

Sunae putting on the finishing touches

Matt always creates a physical challenge for the children also :)

We all had a wonderful time out in nature with special people, certainly a very memorable experience x

Taranaki Natural Environment at its BEST

Walking, Playing, Being in nature is important to us. It is healing, it is energising, the learning opportunities when being in a calmer quieter place flow. The chance to really tune into the senses, listening, feeling, seeing, smelling.......

We live next to Mount Taranaki and the beautiful National Park, we live next to the ocean.

Here a just a few pictures of places near by (within 10 minutes drive) we can and do visit.

Lucy's Gully has enormous redwood trees and numerous places to hide

Stony River

Dawson Falls which is 45 minute drive, well worth the trip!

Ahu Ahu Beach great place for the rock pools :)

Just to name a few of the magical locations we head for........so many more will make another post about it :) x

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Trampoline Games, Solar System and much more....

Back to 2 adults 6 kids plus a few extras here and there :)

Upon our arrival we were greeted at the entrance by two young shop keepers who had laid out their wares complete with price tags. Kalea wanted to be funny for the photo :)

We started with laying out all the snacks on snack table and took this opportunity when all kids were sitting gathered to bring out our talking stick and listen to what each child would like to do as a group today.

Concensus around trampoline games, solar system  creation and learning about certain breads of horse and horse care which is currently Kalea's passion and is certainly a catching one. Kalea is booked in do a riding lesson next week and seeing the excitement when talking about it simply lights up her face.

Leigh (adult) commented in the confidence in sharing by all today, it went so smoothly and all were heard and acknowledged. This is a big leap from day 1 and in initial gatherings where some of the group found it terrifying or plain boring to share with the group!

Trampoline games are becoming more complex and the list increases, everyone jumps together along with one adult, the cooperation and team work displayed is very satisfying for all.

After I asked Zoe if she would like to paint her sun in prep to create the solar system, we had some more sun painting going on and began constructing the solar system.

Imaginary play involving Ancient horses and cars was then on the go with the younger ones.

Suzanne brought out her muffins to share and we again ate and shared some stories along with food prep for lunch, Luke grated the zucchini and carrot ready for our "chicken velouté with leek and potato soup! Yes we thought we would go out on a limb and see if children would be willing to experience a more vege based meal.

Experience that was for sure with Luke creating a sensory mess which started to get too big for either us Mums to contemplate cleaning, when he was asked to stop he wouldn't and this resulted in Zoe suggesting he be removed, as well as in no uncertain terms the possibility of ice cream being no longer available to him.

This is a threat/punishment/ultimatum (many different names), these are not connecting they are separating, these are something we are working towards removing from our existence......

We discussed how this looked for us all, we sat as a circle and discussed it with the children, they of course had fantastic suggestions and we agreed we would all share ice cream and know that removing a child when things were not working and said child refused to stop was the end of the experience, "punishment" was not needed and unnecessary :) :)

It felt good to find this positive place for all involved, we finished the day with a circle time to tell each other what we are grateful for and our favourite part of the day. Lovely to hear ALL the children share in this way and we finished the day off with a group trampoline jump hooray :)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Imagine Holding Hands

One adult plus 6 children was the order of this day.

Greetings and circle time to establish individual wants as a group experience. A few requests for trampoline games, some for running game, my need as an adult to have food prepared and we were able to get busy.

Trampoline games crack the egg, pogo stick taking turns with me double jumping so they flew high!

Kabish Kaboo running game involving native animals and the way they feed.

Morning tea of pancakes, jam and butter, fruit

Zoe threaded the 3d shapes that had been and onto fishing line to hang in the main learning room, she proudly showed this to her Dad later.

Story time "Imagine Holding Hands" Bobbie S. Richardson

"Green Eggs and Ham" Dr Seuss

Making pizza dough turned into a disaster (recognised a possibility for changing languaging when I heard one of the girls telling Mum just this :))

Pizza dough wasn't quite working so we had home made ice cream instead whilst waiting for next batch of dough to rise ready for the making.

Created pizza together popped in oven and ate around table together chatting about our given names as well as those of family members.

Upon clean up, we made an agreement that after there was help with dishes we would get out the ipad. Each child took turns doing the dishes.....ipad was forgotten and they launched into imaginary play.

Zoe wanted to see her Dad and ride her bike to his place of work. This was possible so she left on her bike to ride the five minutes down the road crossing two roads......I believe this was her first time for this adventure and challenge.

Luke got out mop to use I suggested he clean outside of windows which he spent a lot of time on with Rayce watching and chatting from inside, girls played imaginary games until Kalea's mermaids tail fell off and she went to her room very upset.

Grace started playing imaginary games with two younger boys, Sunae and I went to comfort Kalea which turned into re-organising her room. Sunae LOVES Kalea and enjoyed this time with her without other children around. Kalea put away all her clothes and I attempted to organise some of her toys so the floor could be seen then they played with horses.

Children's father arrived home so we chatted whilst children snacked then it was home time for Sunae, Grace and I.