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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

About Danielle

Danielle is an Early Childhood Educator,blogger, self admitted ECE geek, Preschool teacher, Mother and project coordinator for The Images of Learning Project. These days she juggles presenting, conference calls and blogging with playing with her daughter and nursing her son. She looks forward to the day where she can once again finish her morning coffee.

One thought on “The Pretties Revisited

  1. Hi, Danielle,
    I am presenting some sessions with educators and wondered if I could use the picture of the table set by a child (- the one with the blue glass beads) when we talk about invitations?
    I would be giving you and the website credit. If this isn’t possible, that’s fine. I will use something else.
    Also, thanks for all the work you and Kim do on the website. It is one I check out
    regularly and gives me lots of food for thought!
    Katherine

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