October has been a busy and interesting month! We spent the last few days of September outdoors visiting the farm and exploring the neighbourhood.
Good thing because the beginning of October brought snow! Fortunately, it was temporary so we could enjoy fall some more.
As we found ourselves settling into more of a routine, we started spending more time indoors.
H came across this tray and literally begged me to fill it with things for her (she remembered the last time we had used it), so in a five minute hussle, I filled it with things from my kitchen (isn’t it amazing how many different types of pasta there are?!)
H got to work, adding in her own loose parts like bracelets.
This month, she spent a lot of time dressing up. Sometimes she used ready made costumes and sometimes she used her imagination.
I love H’s knack for symbolic play. I think she would be great at improv. Here she is with her bicycle helmet, a bunk bed she made for her dolls and putting her babies to sleep in their bassinets.
We voted in the municipal elections and that raised a discussion about mayors. So far the only mayors she knew about were Mayor Goodway and Mayor Humdinger. She was very curious about Mayor Nenshi.
H played with old loose parts, building homes and having picnics.
And explored new ones too.
We read. We ran up hills. We went to go see a play.
We did experiments and yoga.
Our car broke down and we ended up stuck at her school for a few hours. It was nice for me to have a deeper look at her preschool environment. I know I’m the keener parent- the one who is always looking at the lesson plans, remembers spirit days and peeks to see what new centres have been added to the room.
As Y has been growing older, it’s fascinating to see what captures his attention. Not only does he love watching his sister at play, but he has started to express his own preferences. He was really drawn to this bicycle-printed hijab of mine so we used it over his play gym and suspended from the swing. He also tried catching his shadow.
I spent time learning this month. I found some inspiring Facebook groups and attending virtual workshops I had signed up for last winter. This exposure to seeing Reggio in practice got my gears turning and reignited my passion for self-growth and reflection.
When I look back at some of what we did this month, I feel exhausted! But I also can’t help but smile at all of the synapses (brain connections) that must have been made. Play, is after all, the work of the child.