Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Sweetest Days

Cylinder Block Work

Pink Tower Perfectionist
 Ah Orientation Days are here.  These are pictures from my last two days at Cork Street.  They really are the sweetest days.  The children are so excited and want to do everything and want so much to impress you with what they already know.  They are some of the easiest and most enjoyable conversations I ever have.  So easy it is to make friends with these new children.
Screw Driver Board Work

I get so excited by all the potential just sitting there ready to be moulded and so eager to learn from you.  We are off to a fantastic start!
Water Play

Every Girl's Dream...Sweet Boys know how to do the dishes!

More Water play

Exploring the marbles

Fine Motor work with Tweezers

More Transfer work

Knobless Cylinder Work

The Fine Art of Negotiation 

Cylinder Block Work

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Cosy Corner

The Quinpool Campus just got a whole lot more cosy with the revamp of our cosy corner.  I especially love the fake wood burning fire!  Just have to add the small rug!  A cosy space for two!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Still talking about Mermaids

That sweet girl who drew the inspiration for our mermaid door is still feeling inspired by her.  Such a beautiful drawing~we had to share it with you!

A Week of Fairy Tales

Our first week if Fairytale camp went really quickly.  Here are some
of the highlights.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Crafty Moment

I had one of those aha moments today when I was working on the Quinpool classroom.  I have had the map of the world in cork for about a year or so.  Thinking it would be cool in my office.  I never got around to putting it up and I wasn't sure where I wanted it to go.  Today, as I moved the box around and then my very ordinary classroom bulletin board around trying to decide where it should hang the idea clicked.  
I grabbed my blue acrylic paint and watered it down and then brushed it on my plain cork board.  After it dried I stuck down the continents!  It's lovely and now I have a very cool cork board suitable for flag pinning and pinning exciting places that our children travel to.  The blue paint was brilliant and really looks like water.  I am sure I bought the cork board map at deserres.  The other cork board is an inexpensive one from walmart I think.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hands on Building

 We have been enjoying another week at construction camp.  This week we
visited the Discovery centre and in the classroom we have experimented
building with paper cups and Popsicle sticks.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I am in full swing with work on the classroom for orientation and our fall start.  When I was little I would dream about what my teacher would do to change the classroom for our return to school.  One year, grade four I think, I had a teacher who brought her record player to school and played records while we worked on our Math problems .  It was super cool and it left quite the impression on all of us.

As I plan and figure out what I want to change and where I want things to go I am also on the hunt for items on my ever growing wish list.  More lamps, new to us rugs, cosy chairs and a sofa for the cosy corner.  While I have invested in a few brand new pieces for our classroom I have also been careful to repurpose things also.  Yesterday I found this sweet tiny children's set on Kijiji.  What a find!  I drove all the way to Seabright for it and also got the story on the the furniture.  The man I bought this set from doesn't have children and it has never been used.  He is a painter who was working for an upholster who was going through a divorce and was short on funds to pay for the painting job at the end.  He gave this set in leu of money for payment.  The painter (man I bought it from) always thought he would be able to sell it and recoup his loss.  The chair and sofa are custom made.  Off and on it has been up for sale on Kijiji and as luck would have it I got it for Maple Tree!

I can not even begin to express my joy over this really.  It's just one more thing that makes Maple Tree truly a children's house.  This set will be in our newly revamped cosy corner at our Quinpool Campus.  But do not fret.  The Cork Street Campus has some equally beautiful items and a new sofa for that space as well.  I will be sure to come back to this space and give you a tour with some new photos of the reinvented spaces for the fall!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Week in Review

This week we experimented with building with different materials.  We
also made Paper Bag houses and painted with hammers.