Friday, 17 February 2012

Outdoor Play Link up - Take time to just be!

We have heard people say that times flies, especially as you get older & I think once you have children at school or are a teacher then the year seems to go by even quicker!
I have now been teaching in the same school for 10 years & have seen the bumps become babies & the babies become my pupils and now those bumps are getting ready to leave primary school.
If I have any advice for parents and educators of young children it's to slow down & enjoy this precious time before it's too late. Celebrate all the achievements even if your heart is in your mouth as they climb or bring your a creepy crawly!
Go for a walk & joy seeing the world through the eyes of a child, just amble along with no set agenda except to maybe feed the ducks.
I am a natural optimist but also believe that you can't possibly spend any time around a 3 or 4 year old child and not become infected with their zest for life.

I had so many favourites in this link up party but if I have to choose one it's from Lyndsay over at Our Feminist Playschool. I just love that her little boy had the opportunity to get into the mud & really experience it.

How did your kids play outdoors this week?

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  1. Thank you for hosting this linky with the others :D I love linking up and exploring what others are doing.

    1. Oh thanks Cerys - I know it's a great way to get some new & fresh ideas, Kierna

  2. Your little pupils are so cute... My son just started school and I'm not quite over it yet.

    1. Aww I hope you are both enjoying the experience, as a teacher of the little ones I try to include the parents as much as possible. I know that September can be a horrible time for many parents as their child steps out into another world, that they are not a part of. The parents whose children say 'bye' without a second glance usually leave with a tear in their eyes, it can be very hard. Thanks so much for dropping by & commenting, Kierna

  3. Kierna,
    This was a good reminder of the precious quality of time, and to savour the moments with our small charges.
    It's truly awesome I feel when we notice our small children grow, and especially when the bumps grow up and leave school!
    I work at the universty campus, and have had several experiences of seeing university students, whom I cared for as 2 year olds, and I absolutely love seeing puts things in perspective well for me.
    Love seeing the ducks - soon our ducks will migrate back for spring, and I'm looking forward to this!

    1. Hi Brenda, that must be so amazing to see them as university students. I know that I got quite a shock at a football match last week to see a lot of the boys i had taught on teaching practice as grown men on the team, I think I still saw them as 4 year olds! Kierna


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