Summer Break: Chapter 3

Assuming that Summer Break: Chapter 1 was our trip around the Northeast in June, and Summer Break: Chapter 2 was teaching summer camp for five weeks, then that makes this the beginning of Summer Break: Chapter 3.

Sunset after yoga

Sunset after yoga on Wednesday. 

Summer Break: Chapter 2 ended smoothly. I lead my Sewing Camp with a group of eight sweet children and it was wonderfully easy. My kiddos were peaceful and kind, they listened really well, they enjoyed the sewing projects we did together, and they sang my silly song (I’ve been sewing in the classroom … to the tune of I’ve been working on the railroad). Sewing with kids was a new experience for me and they did so well! They learned really quickly, they were eager to try new things, and they were so safe with all of the pins and needles we used. The kiddos all did impressive embroidery on burlap and made little dream pillows! Overall it was a wonderful week.

Ergo, the beginning of Summer Break: Chapter 3. So far so good! Monday I’m heading to Carrboro for Camp Pamdrianne (Pam + Adrianne = Pamdrianne). Should be exceptionally superb. But first, a wonderful weekend with my sweetheart!

storybook theatre camp

flowers at school

Last week was the bees’ knees.

It was my first time leading summer camp (instead of assisting) and it was so much fun! We did Storybook Theatre with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Throughout the week we acted out stories (The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen, and Stone Soup, as well as The Very Hungry Caterpillar), painted props, rehearsed our show, had spontaneous dance parties, wore fairy and butterfly wings and capes, made antennae, and had a relaxed week of fun. On Friday the kiddos did a performance for their parents – the finale of all the work we did throughout the week. AND IT WAS FANTASTIC!

My confidence that everything would fall into place was boosted when pretty much everything did. Did I have a highly thought out plan for the week? No. Were there things that changed course in the middle of it all? Yes. Was it fun and adorable? Absolutely.

And I think I would like to wallow just a bit longer.

Dear Tiny Humans

To my munchkins,

I love you. I love the way you run around pell-mell, still learning about your equilibrium, chasing after balls and laughing your heads off. I love that you’re learning how to work things out with each other and share. I love it when you tell me you missed me even though I just saw you yesterday. I love it when you snuggle up next to me just because you need a little loving. I love that I can be there for you when you miss your mommy and that I can make you feel better. I love that you are learning how to tell jokes and that you laugh so hard when you’re with your friends. I love that you don’t want to leave because you’re having so much fun. I love that confused look on your face when I see you outside of school and then you get really excited! I love how you say my name … not quite right, but you’re trying to hard! I love your little monkey self after you wake up from rest and need a few more minutes to really wake up while I carry you around doing other things. I love the games you come up with on the playground and that I get to play with you for hours each day. I love your little loving self so much!

It’s not easy, and we definitely have moments, but it sure is awesome.

Thanks for letting me into your life.

Love,

Miss Adrianne

Field Trip!!!

We took the kids to an apple orchard for a field trip today!!! It was so much fun! The kids have been so excited for the last couple of weeks! We have been reading books about apples, doing apple-related art projects, and making up little chants about apples. Today was absolutely gorgeous! It was a little brisk when we first got there, but it warmed up quickly. We went on a hay-less hay ride (it was a wagon behind a tractor, probably because so many people are allergic to hay), then we walked around the orchard and picked apples!

It was a great day! And now I want to go back to the apple orchard and spend more time wandering around the orchard. It was a great day!!! Yay field trips!

 

Regarding Mulch

This post is all about mulch. Yes, you heard me correctly: MULCH.

(Having just typed the word “mulch” several times it now looks like it is spelled wrong and is probably not even a real word, but I’m going to continue anyway.)

We have mulch all over the playground at school. The pieces vary from about the size of my thumb to a fine dust and the kids are always pulling mulch off of their clothing and dumping it out of their shoes (which we encourage them to do outside so we don’t end up with mulch all over the floor in the classroom). But the mulch is not just the ground we walk on around the playground. No, it is so much more. It is tea, coffee (sometimes spicy coffee, depending on the kid who serves it to you), pie, salmon and rice, and smoothies. It is deliveries in toy trucks, important mail, and food for the kitties (kids pretend to be our kitties and we name them and they run around and meow).

Mulch is everything. And these kids have the most amazing imaginations! It is a humble reminder that our minds have so much creativity!

And now I find myself emptying mulch out of my shoes.

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Also, I want to mention two birthdays that fall on this marvelous day.

Today is my friend Emily Silva’s birthday! Happy Birthday lady! Hope you are having the most marvelous day.

Today is also Maria Montessori’s 142nd birthday!!! She developed the Montessori Method that we use at my school! This is an interesting video about Montessori just in case you’re curious!

Hope you have a terrific weekend!!!

day-to-day happenings.

Sunday, July 3, 2011: What a wonderful day! This photo represents the numerous corn fields that I passed on my way to go babysit! I got to hang out with three of the most delightful young ladies – ages 5, 2 (almost 3 as I understand it), and 6 months. It was just awesome. I love kids.

Monday, July 4, 2011: Mom and I went to visit Parker at the Weathervane today! We had a splendid little lunch and then wandered through the sale at A Southern Season. I got an apron too – for cheap!!! And check out this lobster dish! Perfect for a beach-house in Maine.