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The Pretties Revisited

So the children have embraced the table setting practice. One day when I was getting ready for snack a child offered to help me set the table. I asked her if she wanted to do it herself. She responded enthusiastically with a yes.  I quickly put a tray together of my materials (no shelf yet). She went straight to work. When the other children saw what she was doing they wanted to help but Helen wanted to do it herself. So I asked the children if I should make a sign up sheet.They said yes.

So I quickly created a sign up sheet. At our group meeting that day I let them know I would leave it on the table and they could sign up for a turn. Everyone rushed to sign up.

Each day the children took seriously the task of setting the table. Each child had their own style, some were less is more and some children were of the belief that more is more.

The tray I put together of materials for the children to create a centre piece.
A child setting the table. Notice the beautiful cherry blossoms she brought from home.Another setting with flowers brought from home.



Another setting with flowers brought from home.

We have started a new tradition as well. When we sit down to enjoy our snack at our beautiful table we thank the child who set it.

The parents have gotten excited about it as well. I leave the table set for pick up time. The other day I had a parent take pictures of the table her child set. Parents come with flowers for the table sometimes as well.

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer. “
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Picture 7

Let’s Start a Revolt!

Where I live playgrounds are all the same. At our preschool we tried to design a different kind of playground but through the twists and turns of regulations we were foiled and ended up with the cookie cutter version. You know the kind, yellow and green with a plastic slide and a non challenging climber. Sure kids play on it, but they spend more time on the giant rock in the yard.

 The rock that cost nothing versus the gazillion dollar cookie cutter playground.  It’s rather discouraging.

But in another example of worlds colliding there’s this:

Artists and Playgrounds. Yup, artists are designing playgrounds.





These photos pretty much leave me speechless. Which if you know me is a very rare state for me to be in.

They are all featured in a blog called Playscapes, the author of which says:

How many playscapes are beautiful enough to qualify for a place in a permanent art collection?  How would playgrounds be different if they had to?

Amen to that.

 And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, I give you this:

The Crocheted Playground

Can we start a revolt on the cookie cutter versions!?