Hi, I’m Liesel – principal of Little Hatchlings Playschool.
I just love what I do. The whole experience of owning a playschool is so special – it is a dream I had for so long, which was finally realised in June 2001, when I was pregnant with my 2nd child. What a priviledge to be able to be a part of the lives of the little ones in our care 🙂
Outside playtime is such fun. Happy sounds – and the occasional cry from a ‘bike-crash’ or accidental bump/slip/crash – emanate from the garden, as the little ones immerse themselves in playtime fun. Every day we put out sensopathic (messy) play such as Gloop (see recipe in another post), shaving foam, mud etc… for the children to explore. I often see them digging in my flowerbeds with little spades, buckets , spoons and bowls. And to keep some of them out of the plants! Let’s just say that we have a few budding horticulturalists on our hands 🙂
Then there’s the oak tree and acorns that are a never-ending fascination to some of the children. When I tell them that there’s a tree in there, just waiting to grow, they just look at me as if to say, “Lady, I know you’re the boss here, but you really have no idea about stuff, do you.” I think I should grow one for them, to convince them otherwise.
I love seeing their artwork. Such unique interpretations of the world. It’s so special to witness loving, caring teachers giving each child support, encouragement and praise. I am so blessed to be working with such unique and caring teachers.
And then all the comments that are made 🙂 🙂 I could write a book!
Teacher Lara: …so Jesus died on the cross so that we could go to?…
“Sarah, I just love your dress.”
“Teacher Claire, it’s not a dress. It’s a skirt withhandles.
At eating time, it’s often funny to see the teachers trying to coax a child to take “just one more bite’, or ‘you must eat the healthy things first.” The children all sit at the table with a placemat, say grace and then eat. They can only talk quietly and not make a noise, so everyone can concentrate on eating peacefully. This is often where children come up with their little stories to relate.
And no matter how long the plastic dinosaurs stay in the playroom, they never cease to be a hit 🙂 Joshua, in Teacher Claire’s class brought a book about dinosaurs and underpants (a book obviously written for the potty-training phase), and the children absolutely LOVE it!!
Please, moms and dads, feel free to send books to playschool for the teachers to read. A new, favourite book is always a treat for everyone – especially for the important little one – well, in his/her eyes and that of the friends – who brought the book 😉
We have managed to be able to raise sufficient funds through Baker Day for the children’s home that we support, to purchase food every month. Thank you, parents, for supporting such a worthy cause! We are able to purchase mielie meal, rice, coffee, canned food , sugar etc… which is really appreciated.