Friday Fever!

πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šWooHoo! It’s Friday! Happy half term to everyone whether you are in OR out of school it’s lovely to have (hopefully πŸ˜‰) a slower change of pace for a week πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š

🌳🌲🌳IT’S been a busy week of playing; from camouflage hide and seek, mud pie making, bee 🐝 and bug 🐜 πŸ› πŸ•· activity possibilities BOTH in and out of the classroom, digging and planting, mini bug hunts, water play and a lovely chance to soak up some sunshine 🌞🌳🌲🌳

🌲🌳🌲EARLIER in the week I watched the UpStart Scotland β€œPlay is the Way” webinar focusing on inclusivity and diversity which was REALLY thought provoking – how politics defines childhood through policies, how we need to respond to children in ways which empower them and recognising the balance or imbalance between holistic practice versus business/ data driven practices. Worth a look and linked again to β€˜Forest School and Nature Pedagogy’ (Jon Cree & Marina Robb) by reference to Sue Palmer and Upstart and overuse of screens by our children and the impact of this (Toxic Childhood).πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š

🌳🌲If you can’t find the links let me know and I’ll direct but I think it’s on YouTube now. 🌳🌲🌳

πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’šNOW looking forward to Mondays Woodland Adventures with the lovely Sonia Williams and Beth Allen … watch THIS space for little teasers as to WHAT we could get up to … this session is FULL but don’t worry if you’re NOT booked on as there will be some dates in JulyπŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š

Windy Day 🌬

🌲🌳🌲🌳Hope everyone ok and got to enjoy some MORE wild weather today … the wind BLEW 🌬 so unsafe for us to use the Spinney at school today BUT that didn’t stop us exploring the elements; making our own hapa zome kites πŸͺ and using Willow from our school site to make wands. Happy Friday! πŸ’šπŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³

🌲🌳I think my kite looks like two dancing partners facing each other … πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ˜Š

🌳🌲🌳HAVE a lovely weekend πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³

Rainy day magic

🌳🌲🌳LOVE a rainy day session! THE chance to HEAR the rain as it falls on the tarp or our hoods, to FEEL the rain as it falls on our faces and to TASTE the rain as we raise our faces towards the SKY πŸŒ§πŸŒ§πŸ’š. WE made story sticks and used some fairy doors as prompts to help create some MAGICAL doorways πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ πŸ§šβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’šπŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸ§šβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’šπŸ˜Š

Soaring like an Eagle …

🌳🌲🌳🌲SUCH a busy week and a great morning at school. TODAY in our group we carried on looking at WHO might live in our Spinney and our challenge was to be a bird. WE had a look through mirrors to have a birds eye view of the canopy and sky, we SOARED as eagles in our game swooping as we flew through sky, we made a GIANTS bird nest, found woolly worms, played an OWL call hide n seek game and finished up with a belated May Day ribbon tree and some collecting and sorting πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ²

πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’šI loved using β€˜What The Oak Tree Sees’ by AK Scott and RM Brink and my game was from Chris Holland β€˜I Love my Worldβ€™πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š

Session Update

πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ³DATES for Summer Woodland Adventures with myself, Beth Allen and Sonia Williams will be posted shortly. THESE sessions are part of the new collaborative direction that Nature Noodles is taking as I am working in school term time. THERE will also be ad hoc sessions offered by Sonia and Beth independently at either The Outdoor Classroom OR another site AND I am hopeful to run some mindfulness sessions at Top Ardle Wood in the Summer. Watch THIS space also for some β€˜workshops in the woods’ that are coming together 😊🌳🌲🌳🌲

🌳🌲🌳AFTER the year we have all had WE can’t wait to get back out there in NATURE 😊🌳🌲

Spring has Sprung!

May Day

πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ²Wishing you all a very happy Beltane! Looking forward to having our fire tonight and a DANCE this morning at The Outdoor Classroom πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ²

🌳🌲🌳🌲THIS week at school we have been looking at identifying BUGS 🐜 πŸ› πŸ•· , having a beautiful whittling circle, playing on the slack line, hide n seek and anything ELSE we could think of. I am so grateful that our school has such beautiful grounds 🌲🌳🌲🌳

🌳🌲🌳🌲IN the classroom some of the children have read The Colour Monster and on the BACK of that talked about and made emotion potions. MY contribution to THIS involved food colouring and led to a few children going home with blue hands …. 🀦🏻 BUT it will wash off … 😊🌲🌳🌲

🌳🌲🌳I am ALSO super excited to be signed up to the Level 3 Award: learning support for learners with Additional Needs Outside LATER in the year🌲🌳😊

🌲🌳🌲ENJOY the sunshine today! β˜€οΈπŸŒžβ˜€οΈπŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³

Planning Possibilities

🌳🌲🌳THAT Sunday afternoon feeling thinking about work and getting a PLAN together … then I realised that I had left my notes and folder at school scuppering my forward planning moment leaving me with a BLANK sheet. THIS made me smile as my β€˜planning sheets’ are just possibilities for activities – stemming from the interests of the children in the group and to be honest with a handful of go-to ideas gained over the last few years most planning sheets could just be like this with a few notes for reflection once the session has ended. 😊❀️🌳🌲🌳

🌳🌲🌳I’ll let you know what we get up to …. πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š

Earth Week 🌎

🌳🌲GETTING ready for the week ahead following on from the week before, reflecting WHAT worked? WHAT didn’t? Looking at HOW each child likes to play and building on that. Just read a great book covering Multiple Intelligences (well worth a read) and drawing on my sensory processing webinar by The Therapeutic Forest looking at self regulation ideas …. LOOKING to carry on with our mud pie making in celebration of Earth Day 🌎 this week, potion shops and emotion potions – using colour to reflect our feelings. PROVIDING opportunities for some tool use, bubble pipe possibilities, LOTS of hide n seek – trying hard with our DEER ears to hear the call of our Owl πŸ¦‰, some mobile making (how cool is this wool from Aldi! 😊) and ANYTHING else we come up with before coming together with our Speaking Stick to plan for the following week😊🌳🌲🌳🌲

🌳🌲🌳SOMETHING which I have found quite helpful is the use of visuals to form a rough session timetable … helps with understanding and any anxiety about what we may be doing in the session 😊🌳🌲🌲