Friday, January 18, 2013

Being Birds

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A few days ago I was chatting with another StrongStart
facilitator about our focus on birds and she lent me
the above grapevine wreathes. 
She used them at her centre and a child immediately
sat down and said “I’m a bird”.
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That’s what happened at our centre too. 
The girl in the above pictures was the first to try the nest. 
When asked what kind of bird she is, she responded
“a robber bird that likes shiny things”.
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The next day I brought in feather boas and we talked about
how birds use them to make the inside of the nest soft and
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The feathers were the invitation that many of the children
needed to play as birds.

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              They flew in and out of the nest.
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            There were baby birds and mama birds.
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I tried the nest too and was busy flapping my wings when this little guy
gave me a look that said “you gotta be kidding, Maureen”. 
But it didn’t take much persuasion for him to join me.
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We are busy tweeting like birds in a nest when his dad flies over
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with a worm to feed the baby.  Love when the grown ups
get involved in the play, it reinforces the positive learning
and that it's fun and okay to be silly. 

Often during the day I asked the question 
“If you were a bird what kind would you be?” 
We had eagles, crows, gulls, herons and more.

Now I put that same question to you –
"If you could be a bird, what kind of bird would you be?