Our student teacher, Ms. Hannah had a Nature theme prepared for her head-teaching day and had lots of fun activities planned for us.
Mud painting, fun with a paintbrush, even MORE fun with your hands. Ms. Hannah had added organic food dye to the mud to give it a little color.
Painting with her hands was a HUGE hit for this friend!
She had a variety of natural materials displayed on a wooden tray and I invited friends over to create a nature story. Almost all of the kiddos participated in this activity and had some creative ideas floating around.
The plan was for us to spend the majority of the rest of the day outside. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we became part of a precautionary lock-down and had to finish the day indoors. Ms. Hannah was a trooper and took it all in stride.
We continued with our Scavenger Hunt, as planned, just indoors. We have LOTS of natural items in the classroom, so the kiddos were still able to find everything on the list.
We divided the kiddos into smaller groups and they were off. They quickly began scanning the classroom looking for items on the list.
This friend was quickly able to find a tree, right in the middle of the room.
These friends were excited to find a rock and quickly marked it off of their list.
Ms. Hannah shared her Five Little Turtles story and the kiddos loved doing the countdown with her.
We even had time for each child to come up and listen to Ms. Hannah share their Nature Stories.
The day's format changed from the original plan, but Ms. Hannah transitioned beautifully and it was truly a success.
One of my college instructors always told us when you work with children you have to be emergent and flexible. Those words come back to my memory often as ideas are extinguished or extended based on the children's interests or plans are suddenly changed beyond our control. One thing is for sure, in this profession, you've got to always be on your toes and ready to pivot.