Oh No! The Bear is Coming!
Backwards days are so valuable because it affords the children a significant amount of uninterrupted play time outdoors. On our regular days the children are outside for long enough to continue working on the sewer, the beaver trap, swing on the swing, and sweep out the dusty boat. On a backwards day, the children’s play becomes so much more involved and complex and throughout their time outdoors the play scripts evolve as more and more children become involved.
This morning I (Allison) sat in the Cobb House and filmed the children while they were playing. It is fascinating to watch their dynamics and tune into their language as they take on different roles and transport themselves into an imaginary world where they are playing "house" with bears and monster penguins outside. Will warns us that the penguins "look like black and white. The black is the body and the white is his tummy." The social and emotional growth that is developing at their age is so profound; sometimes the key to understanding their world is to simply be present in it.
Tommy's Birthday Committee
Tommy's birthday committee met outdoors this morning to work on their story for Tommy. Not to spoil the surprise, the story involves a snail so the children experimented with clay to involve different mediums in our story telling experience.