Sunday, October 16, 2011

In Between

Good Evening to all. Well Today is my daughters birthday so last week I drove to Brooklyn to visit her and never found a  moment to write to you all about your wonderful children. We are about to begin our  8th week of The Cottage Garden and all the children are  settled in. Henry joined us last week and  Karolina and Oskar are  in the Grand Canyon, on a family vacation, for another week. We have had a number of visitors- alumni Lily and Oliver on Monday, & Rory on Tuesday. They all had a fabulous time playing and the first thing they asked for was soup! As I watch the children grow and play I ponder all that really happens here. It is what happens in between that is important. We plan a story or some songs, what we are going to eat but then the moment comes and it is so different. The other morning baby Oscar arrived and since he just comes one day per week it has taken him a bit longer to settle in. His Mom left and he  cried for a few seconds, sat on Barbara's lap for a while and then ventured out into the play areas.  For the first time he entered into the Playroom and was greeted by Ruby ( who just 2 weeks before was  still not altogether integrated into the group- and both children are still non-verbal) who offered him a toy and he accepted before entering in. It was as though she knew what a momentous occasion this was for him and she wanted to show her support. It was so special and I got to witness it. There are so many moments like that- when the children all sing softly with me to all the lullabies and songs we sing together. or they ask for a story about... something I might have told a long time ago, or one helps another with feeding, dressing or washing, when they help Barbara in the kitchen, share a toy. It is amazing and quite an honor to witness their development- language, social and emotional over the course of the year.  Thank you!

Now the photos of the last two weeks:
Mimi's Doll Store

Ok Ruby you can have this one.

A Happy Customer!

Now I can Share and have a snack.

Oskar gnome with flying helicopter

Who needs "toys" we have chairs and tables to climb on!

Where's Ruby?


What concentration

Rock a bye baby

Here is a toy for you Oscar-

Ruby waiting for her new friend to come in.

Oskar working hard

Yummy Soup

Delivering the leaves to the compost

Gathering the leaves togwether

Rory visits and the children begin to build "houses"

Searching for Rocks

Please don't bother me I am still looking

Bouncy ball

Jennifer & Jesse keep a watch in the yard
Happy Henry

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall is in The Air.....

Mother Earth and her friends have returned
 This was a rainy week- we played outside in the rain and the mud and the worms were very big! Mother Earth came to our Nature Table and brought some rosy apples, and little friends with her. Henry joined us on Michaelmas  and Rosh Hashannah, and is settling in. Happy New Year to all of you.
Ruby and Mia playing one morning

Longing on the Lounge chair

Erin emptying the "garbage" from her garbage truck.

Henry's First Day at The Cottage Garden

Friends at the Table

We are having fun here