Friday, 30 October 2015

Halloween Happenings 2015

Naturally everyone around Little Munchkins has been in the Halloween spirit! We always like to make the most of the spooky season; check out what we've been up to.... 

The possibilities are endless with pumpkins and we made sure to try it all. Digging our hands inside to collect all the goo was not for everyone, but most enjoyed the delicious baked pumpkin seeds we made!  

We cleared out part of our toddler/2 room and filled it with spider webs. The toddler/2 group has been ALL ABOUT spiders lately. When they walked into the room they could climb under, over, and through the cobwebs! Although there was some frustration with getting tangled up in the webs as soon as they were set free they wanted to go right back in! 

The after school group helped decorate our woods for the haunted candy hunt. They think the little ones might be too scared of their decorating job so they'll get all the candy.... 

Have you ever wondered what a Witch's kitchen would look like? Well today's your lucky day because we just so happen to have one here at Little Munchkins.

The Munchkins were waiting at the door for the Witch to let them in.. When the door opened our art room was transformed with lights, music, and tons of stuff to get their hands (and feet!) on! 

Enter if you dare!! Our woods were decorated and had candy hiding all around. The after schoolers helped earlier in the week, but we had to throw in a few extra surprises for them! 

Our day was jam packed with fun, excitement, tricks, and treats! We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!  

                                                                 - Leslie Dionne

Friday, 23 October 2015

The Day I Refused To Help

The afterschoolers and I went for a walk on the "secret trail" a little while ago. Everyone was climbing on the big mounds of dirt and rock piled in the middle of the soon to be road except for one child. I noticed this child laying on the ground so I quietly walked over and saw that she was digging around a large rock. I was there for a little bit before she looked up at me and said, "I'm going to get this rock out and make the biggest splash ever." I nodded and she went back to work. I saw her taking different rocks and sticks she had lined up to help dig. "These are all my tools to help me get the rock out. There's cutting rocks and digging sticks."                                                              
I smiled and yet again she continued to work away at her task. Every few minutes she would try to push this rock out either by pushing it with her hands or sitting and trying to use her feet. 

To see the effort she was putting in to this was unbelievable. I could see how bad she wanted to get that rock out of the dirt and I wanted nothing more but to help her, but I didn't; I refused. There are two reasons I refused to help.

1. She didn't ask for my help
2. She was working incredibly hard who was I to take away her accomplishment?

 When I said it was time to go I thought she would be upset because she hadn't achieved her goal yet but all she said was "can we come back again?" I promised we would, so a little while later we walked down to the "secret spot" once again. 

Right to the rock she went and everything was just how she left it. Eventually other children came over and started to help. They brought over tools and worked as a team trying to push the rock out.

Once they had more hands the rock eventually broke in half and they all went crazy cheering. In no time at all they finally got the rock out of the dirt and into the water. 

I found myself cheering along with them just as much, and was so excited they were able to get it out. I was happy I didn't interrupt their process and allowed them to achieve their goal all on their own. It's easy being an adult to just step in and help a child do something. It's important to take a step back and think if it's something they should actually be doing for themselves. No, they might not always be able to do it, but it's all part of learning. Children are more than capable to do amazing things as long as they have the opportunity to try for themselves. 

- Leslie Dionne