Summer is flying by and Autumn is approaching. We have been busy exploring the evolving yard and enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. We have been spending a lot of time with water to stay cool, and eagerly awaiting the cucumbers, tomatoes, and watermelons that are ripening on the vines. This month is Art Month where we are exploring several artistic methods including painting, sculpting, drawing, photography, collage, and the dramatic arts. Many families are also going on trips and children are bringing back souvenirs and interesting finds to show their friends.
You might notice many changes going on in the yard as we add and change areas. We have shifted loose parts to a new space, there are some new climbing logs for gross motor skills, a music wall is in the making, and chickens in the works. We welcome parent volunteers in the process, as many have valued skills (or muscles) in making these additions happen.
Although art is already an intrinsic part of daily life here at Green Apple, this month we focused on a few specific areas of art, giving the children a chance to really dive deep into the creative process. You may have noticed them coming home with a little more “art” on them than usual as many of them really enjoyed the act of “self-painting”. We also brought in some community artists to demonstrate their process to the group.
Many children have brought interesting objects to share with or show their friends. We value giving children an opportunity to share things that are important or interesting to them and have set time aside during community meeting for them to share these objects. We ask that you please make sure that these objects are age-appropriate and in alignment with our mission and vision.
~ The Saplings