We are super excited to welcome all of you to our new website and blog! This is going to be a wonderful tool that will allow you to stay up to date on what's been going on at The Wild Woods. Our entire staff will be posting stories and and pictures throughout the week, so be sure to check back often.
To start us off, each staff member will be sharing a little about what they observed during the month of September, along with a whole slew of photos to make you and your family smile with joy! Please feel free to create an account to comment on the blog posts of photos if you would like, and also don't hesitate to share any feedback you may have to improve the blog and website.
What I would like to touch on about the month of September is the social progress of the class, as well as their ability to become familiar with their "classroom:. In the past, the children would use their time during the month of September to become familiar with their surroundings and friends. By only being in class on or two days a week, the children would slowly discover the different areas of The Wild Woods: the creek, the mountain (or warped wall as some children refer to it), the music area, the fort, the climbing tree, the "wilder"woods, and the trails up above. We knew because of the change of schedule we would most likely see this process occur at a faster pace, but what we saw amazed us all.
By the third week, the children were showing a level of comfort with each other that we would not normally see until the end of October or beginning of November. Each day upon our arrival into The Wild Woods the children would be off with their friends as soon as they hung up their backpacks (and for some, before they hung up their back packs because they were so excited)! In years past the teachers had to really work with the children to help setup cooperative play scenarios, but this group was off and running all by themselves in no time. Wether it was to create a shop with one another child in the lean to by the pavilion or in the thickets by the bridge, or to make soups, cakes, salads, and other assorted items in the mud kitchen, or to chase one another from one end of the forest to the other, these children just clicked! We saw very little of the children just wanting to hang with the adults, which is always a welcome site for the staff. Another added bonus of the children becoming comfortable with their surroundings and one another is that the work of dealing with conflicts that naturally arise during cooperative play began much earlier in the school year.
What made this such an welcome site for the staff was that before the school year began we had spent a lot of time talking about how our new structure would change our program. We all agreed that one change we would see is that the children would acclimate to the entire program at a much faster rate. Who knows what the rest of the year will have in store for your children, but we can't wait to watch it all unfold!
Once again, thank you all so much for participating in The Wild Woods this year. We truly appreciate your support during these strange times and we cherish each and every moment at The Wild Woods with your children.