Friday, 20 June 2014

Outdoor Play Party - summer holidays begin!

This is the last week of school for me & my class are getting ready to move onto 'big school', the majority are just transferring to P.1 within the same school but a couple are moving on to completely different schools.

In the last few weeks, it is a bittersweet time for me as their teacher, they are at their most settled, we are all totally comfortable with each other & their play is at a great level. Each day as I sit & observe them interacting with each other & using every inch of the playground, it is a little sad to think that they are almost ready to move on & become another teacher's class.

This week we had a couple of parties for those who are 5 in the summer & have 3 more in the last week. We went on a trip to Sperrinview to their wonderful sensory garden & many of the parents joined us. They enjoyed seeing where their children had played all year & it was lovely to see the children & parents & grandparents spread all over this amazing space.
We have our final trip of the year to An Creagán on Wednesday & then Graduation on Friday & that's another school year over. I can't believe this is my 13th end of year celebrations at Windmill.
The Bottle Babies in their tyre homes before they head off to pastures new!
There is a wooden wobbly bridge at Sperrinview & this week some children decided to recreate their own version with some Bottle Babies. They wedged some between tyres & also some in the tyres & enjoyed trying to walk on them while they had some 'give' to allow them sensation of movement!
It looks like so much fun - I only wish they could take my weight!

They have also all got to pick a Bottle Baby to take home with them next week & I like to think the Bottle Baby revolution is gaining momentum as 27 more go off into the wider world!
Thanks again to all those who took the time to link up an outdoor post in the last OPP, the one I am featuring this time is from Kids in the Garden - they had a fab afternoon where their street was closed off to traffic & the familes came out to play & socialise together. This was part of a project called The Big Lunch organised by The Eden project. I just love this pictures of the car free street covered with chalk drawings.

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  1. Hi Kierna,

    I'm glad to see that the baby bottles revolution has found it's feet. I created a oil/water glitter filled one as part of a childcare course I did years ago. The assessor took it home and gave it to her children to play with. They took turns in throwing it against her lounge room floor until it burst all over her flokati rug and white lounge (I heard all about it). I was failed on that particular toy but took great relish in knowing that colored oil and water, mixed with glitter was near impossible to remove from leather and wool.

    1. Haha! I bet she still thinks of you everyday!

  2. Aww, it must be really sad letting them go, but at the same time you know you have given them such an excellent start.
    I love their bridge. What a cool idea!!

    1. I think because the majority stay on in the school for another 7 years, it doesn't feel quite as sad as it might!


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