Cranberry Eco Preschool will be hosting an open house on Thursday, June 6th from 5:30-7:00pm. Please drop in and meet staff, check out our beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces and pick up registration packages for fall 2019!
We were very fortunate to have an incubator in our class this Spring. A very big thank you to Three Chicken farm for donating the eggs and lending us the incubator. The children were excited to have the incubator in the classroom and checked it every morning. We created a chart to count down the days and had many great discussions about how the chicks were growing. Part of the experience was building a brooder box for the chicks to graduate to once they had hatched. The children used drills and sandpaper to help create a cozy box for the chicks. When the chicks hatched everyone was so excited (including staff and parents!)and we loved having them as part of our classroom for a couple of weeks after they hatched.
We set out on a mushroom exploration well equipped with our Guide Book to BC Mushrooms, our clipboards, pencils and high spirits! Once in the forest the children spread out on the hunt for mushrooms. Before long, excited voices and shouts could be heard from every direction. "Look! Come and see what we found! Take a picture! Can I have a clipboard to draw my mushroom?" Conversations could be heard with the children talking about shapes, sizes, color, texture and the different parts of the mushroom. The children used the guidebook to try and match their discovery to the pictures in the book. When looking up a species, one child saw a picture of a blue colored mushroom. He was intrigued asked what kind it was. It was a Blue Knight. The child said, "Whoa, maybe it grows big at night and scares the bears away." It was an eventful morning with lots of great discoveries and conversations.
A discovery on the forest floor that lead to conversations about death and dying. A wee mouse lay on the edge of the path we frequently walk along. The children shared many ideas about how the mouse may have died. One child suggested it was frozen, as it looked like it had died while in motion. Another suggested a bear may have stepped on it while walking along the path. After many ideas were shared, it was decided that we bury the mouse near a tree and lay it to rest.
Bees Wax food wraps now available at Cranberry Eco Preschool! To care for your bees wax wraps, simply wash/wipe with cool water and eco friendly soap (biodegradable & alcohol free.)
Water,cedar boughs and crab apples frozen in recyclable containers made for great winter sensory play.
The forest behind our preschool is a favorite place for the children to go. We walk there together holding hands, taking care of one another and learning about safety. A fact of living in Powell River is the logging of trees. Lately we've heard machinery behind our school. We knew that some parts of the forest behind our building were going to be cut down.
The children weren't happy to see some of the trees gone, but we have been watching the changes as the undergrowth begins to grow, and see new life and new kinds of plants emerging.
But we still have lots of wonderful forest to wander and play in, and the moment we get to the edge of the forest the children are free to go! They run with such enthusiam and joy, I'm sure their voices can be heard throughout the neighbourhood. They ask every day if we can go to the forest, a very special place.