Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple Picking


 

On September 21rst Singing Tree families old and new met at Ferme Dagenais in Embrun for some apple picking.  It was so much fun to gather with families and share the joy of picking from nature's fruits.  


It was a great community building experience.  I loved watching the children with their parents.  It is such a unique bond, the parent child relationship. 


It was great to see Singing Tree alumni students.  They grow up so fast and it's an honour to be able to follow their growth even after they've left our daycare fold. 





Monday, September 8, 2014

Pinto Beans get colourful



Today we got busy filling zip lock bags with pinto beans.  We then squirted a few drops of florescent food colouring in the bag, seal it tight and had fun shaking it about.  The results were beautiful bright coloured beans.  We will use the beans for sorting, counting and crafts.





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Child Engagement


We have this theory that kids have a short attention span.  I say myth because from my observations, when engaged, children can stay focused for long periods of time,one single on task.  I observed this yesterday, when we took the paints outside. We painted with our hands and our feet.  We also created a little water world by filling different buckets with water and washed some toys and furnisher.  The children were engaged, attentive to their play and work.  Discipline was easy.  I think that the secret to being with children is getting to know them and facilitate their environment so that their spirits and creative minds are fed.  Once, this is accomplished everything is easy, well most of the time :)






Monday, June 2, 2014

Outdoor Fun


We created our own little potted garden :)


The children loved digging in the dirt and filling the big pots. 


It brightens up our yard and we are enjoying watching everything grow.  Spring truly is a miracle of life!  






Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Flowing with Change

2014 is proving to be a great year at Singing Tree.  Children are growing and learning as are the adults that surround them.  I truly believe that the adults in children's lives must always continue to learn and grow.  We must observe the growing and changing child and create an environment that grows with them. We must also assess our internal growth and continue to nurture those deep parts of ourselves that  bring patience, love and guidance to our approach.  


Quiet time is a sacred time for the children of Singing Tree.  It is where we find that quiet space within and find rejuvenation and energy in a nap or some quiet time alone.  To bring ourselves into this important frame of mind we sit in a circle, remove our socks and rub our feet with cream and sing a song:
"Rub, rub, rub your feet,
Rub your feet to sleep. 
Rubby, dubby, dub, 
Rub your feet to sleep."
The children look forward to this time.  The older children help the younger ones to remove their socks and put cream on their feet.  It is a great joy to see the pride in the older children as they help and the happiness in the young as their peers give them a hand.  In this way we teach our children to be helpful to others and give them a sense of purpose. 


"How children change quickly"


"How they live in the moment."


"How joyful, they are."

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Moments


This moment captured between Lucia and James is precious.  James is only 1 year old and his words are but baby sounds and yet the children find ways to communicate.  It is beautiful to see the older children caring for their younger friends.  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

September

September has nearly come to an end. The trees are glistening with vibrant colours and the air is cool and refreshing.  Here at Singing Tree we have had as many changes as the coming of fall.  We've greeted new children in our daycare family and we feel so very blessed in getting to know them and their families.  Having a home daycare is like having an extended family.  




Meet James and 



  Meet Massy

How cute are they?  Babies are so adorable and I love watching them explore this world.  They are so new to this experience called life.  They are explorers of their surroundings. They learn through their senses by touching, observing, noticing and simply learning from us the big people in their lives.  As adults we are the example and as a mother and a care giver, I must be that example.  I try my best to be the best example that I can be :)