The outdoor classroom
Some of you might want to know how our outdoor classroom looks like. It is a small backyard, but we have many interesting things that draw the children's curiosity and observation.
In sunny days, the tip of this weather stick points up the sky, and in cloudy days it becomes horizontally straight. In rainy days, it points down the ground. As soon as the children come out, they check where the weather stick is pointing and talk about it.
The children love to water the flowers and last week we cut some of them and made a cute arrangement for the table.
The new swing is very popular because the children can ride it with the friends.
These two chimes make very different distinctive sounds. The soft sound of the wood chime and the clear ringing sound of the shell chime make a beautiful mystique ensemble.
And the children's giggles, laughters, screams, squeaks make this outdoor classroom fuller and more fun!
As we encourage our parents to be a part of the children's learning, one of the parents gladly gave her time for the children. She was an atelierista (art teacher) in a Reggio approach school before. I was grateful for her time and the preparation for the great activity, and we had such a great time!
Preparing for the activity.
Nicely arranged materials are drawing the children's interests.
"How can we make an art with a string, the apples, the potatoes and the paints?"
The imprints of the apples, potatoes, sponges, strings....the children looked at the apple imprint and said, "It looks like a sun! Let's make some stars, too!" As per the request, the mom volunteer cut the sponges in a star shape.
Painting together is much more fun than working alone!
B fell in love with painting with a sponge.
Clothing the branch
It was an ordinary Tuesday. We were thinking about some bright sparkle art project. We had this long, handsome branch sitting in our atelier for long time and decided to clothe it with some fun colors. We don't know how it will be transformed and used at the end, but we are all excited about its transformation.
Camping in our backyard!
We are the teachers of Little Atelier. We love to share our fun days, meaningful plays, and memories with you!