Each morning we gathered together in the GUS Maker Space, to greet each other with our favorite welcome song, “Funga Alafia”. We enjoyed early morning work-times with open-ended learning materials, baked healthy snacks together, and made regular visits to the lower school art studio, the library, the playground, and the gym. We had a music class with Ms. Clark, the lower school music teacher, and joined the 2nd graders twice as they led us in some simple yoga poses and mindful meditations!
No GUS Pre-K program would be complete, however, without lots of adventures on our nature trail and in our woods! We made our own trail mix, and ate outdoors on a fallen log before heading out into the woods.
We explored the wetlands, looking and listening for signs of frogs, fish, birds, and the many beavers who build dams and gnaw trees in the area.
The preschoolers loved our daily outings to what felt like a magical forest, just for us and the animals!
Finally, on Saturday, with warm spring breezes and a sunny blue sky, we hosted a booth at Beverly’s Earth Day celebration in Ellis Square. Kids used our homemade play dough and natural materials gathered from the GUS nature trail to create beautiful structures for imagined forest creatures. Amid the creative bustle, we decided to merge their creations together to create a sprawling forest for animals, fairies, and gnomes in the middle of downtown Beverly! With live music put on by local bands and beautiful spring-time weather, it was the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and immerse ourselves in imaginative exploration with preschoolers and families.