Friday, November 2, 2012

First real snow of the winter, a look at the wonderful playyard where I work, and a special crow named Walter



Here, where I live, the  landscape has changed over just one day into winter. It  never takes long for me to  become accustomed to snow. I am not alone in this -  other people have described the same phenomenon, of adjusting to winter. There seems to be a sense of the familiar, and soon summer seems like a very distant memory. Maybe this is due to our winter lasting often up to 7 months, and at the very least 5 months.

I do enjoy the snow, and I believe this became instilled in me as a child when snow was the material I played in, shoveling, building forts, and snowmen, making snow angels, making footprint trails, digging out tunnels, and as well wonderful sled rides, and later as an older child tobogganing.

 This morning, I  witnessed the wonder in the eyes of my very young toddler aged children, as we set out to explore the snow.

 I am  privileged to be working at a daycare center with a wonderful and thoughtfully designed play yard.

 In the foregeround you can see evidence of the snow angels my children made.



This is a sheltered spot, and I have observed a small group of children, just 2 or 3, sitting here making up stories, and enjoying the privacy created. In a large center it is important to allow quiet spaces  where children  can "be away" from the group now and then.



This is a nice spot for kitchen play, and as well do outside art.In the summer canopies provide much needed shade.

A few larger tree stumps for children to play on, or create art.
This play house and slide is very popular with the older children.
This is a rural daycare center, and we are surrounded by large trees, and quiet.

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 We created footprint trails, and wagon wheel trails.
By afternoon these were covered, as snow continued to fall steadily.


The daycare center where I am now working, is carefully, and lovingly designed to create a nurturing environment for children. I have been truly beginning to feel settled and at home here, and able to do the kind of work I am capable of. 

I had some concern over the commuting I need to do, but my rides have worked out well. I presently work in a room with three other early childhood educators, and I am used to working more independently. It's a learning for me, to participate in a team, but it seems to be going well. Much of the success of this center comes from the strong vison of the leadership, and their ability to communicate their vision, as well as their ability to let go, and trust in  their staff.

So, at this point I can report that my new job is going very well, and every day is a pleasure.

On a completely different note, I found this lovely story, about a crow named Walter, on the CBC website. 
I hope you will enjoy this. I loved it.
Wishing you a good weekend!





7 comments:

Geraldine said...

Looks and sounds like a good place to work Brenda. I hope it's a perfect fit for you. Time will tell. How lovely to see the snow, it's ugly, grey and drizzly here again today LOL, I'm tired of it. And soooo dark! Joe and I were talking about this at breakfast today and the comparison to way up North, where it is dark this time of year, for most of the day. Oh well, I've got lots to do so I'll try to ignore the window views. ;<)

I hope you have a great weekend. How are the kitties? Ched sends headbonks.

BFN, G

Teri Casper said...

Itl ooks and sounds like a wonderful place to work and a great place for the children. I'm so happy you are happy here. I think you found home.
On the other hand, snow! I am trying to adjust to the thought of it.

Hugs Brenda.

The Boston Lady said...

Oh I just loved that story about Walter! How fun and unique. I've never seen something quite like that.

So glad you are enjoying your new place of employment Brenda. Your pleasure shines through in your words and that is good to hear. Ann

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Hi, Ger,
Thanks for dropping in, I thought you'd enjoy the pics of snow!
I hope you'll get some soon, there.
Today I'm heading out to buy ingredients for your black bean soup!
Headbonks to both of you from Herb and Artie!
Have a good weekend!
Hugs,
B

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks, Teri,
I do feel like I've found home. As long as the rides work out, I believe this is where I can stay.
I know it will take some adjustment for you to spend the winter with snow, I hope it won't be too cold there this winter!
Hugs,
B

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Ann,
I did think you might enjoy the story about Walter, it does seem very unusual. I'm glad Walter found this particular family.
I found a few more interesting stories about crows, and plan to post them in the future. They are truly remarkably intelligent and social birds.
I am happy at the new job, and am spending my day preparaing materials, and ideas for next week. That is always a sign that I love my work again.
I appreciate your encouraging and kind thoughts!
Brenda

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Ann,
I did think you might enjoy the story about Walter, it does seem very unusual. I'm glad Walter found this particular family.
I found a few more interesting stories about crows, and plan to post them in the future. They are truly remarkably intelligent and social birds.
I am happy at the new job, and am spending my day preparaing materials, and ideas for next week. That is always a sign that I love my work again.
I appreciate your encouraging and kind thoughts!
Brenda