Here at Cart Mill Family Centre we just love blogging about our daily adventures! The children who attended Forest School today experienced a “greener” forest than in previous weeks as the trees, flowers and plants are really beginning to get into full summertime growth. By spending time in the natural woodland in this way, the children experience first hand the effects of nature on the environment. Catriona told me “I like it when the birds sing in the forest”. Although we are only a few feet from a busy road and a housing estate, it can feel very remote and peaceful, and very often the children don’t want to return to the family centre too soon! If you are interested in finding out more about Forest School, or would like to attend a session please let us know. In the meantime, when you are out and about with your child, please take a little moment every so often to look at and taljk about the seasonal changes. You will be surprised by how much your child knows!
Today was a first ever visit to Forest School for some of our children, so they were very excited. We sang our Forest School song, did our group Risk Assessment and discussed safe boundaries. We quickly realised whilst we were deep in the forest that the midgies are very much back in season as we were scratching and waving them away the whole time. After our initial exploration, some of the children spent some time decorating a Forest stick to bring back to the centre. Calum found a very tiny stick and he was interested to measure it next to a larger one he had found. He also helped us to identify a jaggy nettle plant.
We moved higher up into the Forest to have our snack away from the midgies, that seemed to work!
On our way to the forest today, we did Follow the Leader, and sang our Forest School song. Ask your child to sing it with you.
As always we did some exploring on arrival.
Ayana said “Look, this letter is in my name!”
The children remembered about the fairies last week and were surprised to see sparkly trails leading from the fairy tree. When they followed these magical trails , they were excited to find little Easter bunnies and eggs!
There was also a tiny note. Helen read the note to the children. It was from the fairies.. it said Happy Easter !
Special thanks to Helen, a member of our WRAP team who also volunteers with us one day a week.
Happy Easter Everyone!
There was much excitement in the forest today as the children discovered a sparkly trail around a tree in the forest. The children thought that there had been fairies visiting our site.
Ayana found a tiny silver star. We think that there is magic going on around the fairy tree. We made a little path for the fairies. Next week we will see if it is still there.
We had a lovely time today celebrating World Down’s Syndrome Day wearing our odd socks.The children took part in learning experiences which all involved socks in some way!
It was good to welcome families to our coffee morning, where home baking was in abundance and was delicious.
Down’s Syndrome Scotland is the only Scottish charity focused solely on the needs of people with Down’s Syndrome and their families all the way through life. It is important to us in our centre, that all children, whether they are a child with Down’s Syndrome or other disablities are given opportunities to participate, and immerse themselves in a shared, enabling environment of friendship, acceptance and respect for everyone .
Thank you to all who took part and made a donation today. We will let you know the total amount raised soon.
The children came dressed in odd socks as this was the theme of the day. It reinforced the image of the chromosomes as they look just like our socks.
Special thanks to all who sent in home baking, it was much appreciated.
We were sorting socks and measuring them too.
We have been talking today about how we are different but the same as we celebrated World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018.
The day can be summed up beautifully by the late Stephen Hawkings.
Now.. watch this video and prepare to be inspired….
Today we experienced all kinds of wintry weather, snow, hail, rain and wind in the forest. The wind was NOISY! Jacob enjoyed using a knife to whittle his stick. Gia found an interesting hole and ant hill, and Luci and Amelie enjoyed climbing again a tree again. Cameron found interesting feathers. The children enjoyed some warming hot chocolate and pancakes for snack. The picture shows them getting their own snack and cups out of their backpacks. Lots of independence at Forest School which helps to build self esteem and resilience.
It was snowing at Forest School today and very cold, we were glad to have our hot chocolate at snack time. We noticed some interesting changes to some of the woodland. We saw and felt the pussy willow on the branches. It was soft. We also saw some bluebells starting to grow. This made us think about springtime and new growth. The children spotted a jaggy nettle plant when we were doing our risk assessment, and pointed it out to everyone. After that he spent a lot of time exploring with his magnifying glass.