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Extract from AEON Magazine:

Sandra has a rich history in early childhood and biodynamic gardening and is one of Glenaeon’s gardening teachers. She focuses on creating a steady, safe, non-judgemental, nurturing environment for her parents and children.

Through repetition, which includes the introduction of manners, the children are elevated to a higher form of human interaction – this is what we meaning by ‘bringing our children up’.

In baking, the families grow to understand the qualities of the different grains which they bake as sourdough bread from Sandra’s ancient recipe. The bread is always baked with herbs from the garden – Sandra’s apothecary right there on the table for everyone to partake!

In craft activities throughout the year the parents have wet felted slippers, made garlands and woven biography rugs for the playgroup room. Families bring old clothes from home which they rip up (an activity the children thoroughly enjoy) and weave together to create a colourful tapestry of their lives to make the playgroup space feel even cosier.

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TRANSITIONS TO CENTRE-BASED CARE

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Extract from AEON Magazine:

Gentle, supported transitions from home to our centre are a very important part of our ethos. Parents of children who have not been in out-of-home care stay in the morning for the first two weeks of the year and can use our parents’ room to work if they want to remain on premises as the children settle into a longer day. We now have a playgroup that allows the two years olds to settle in to the premises and playground and get to know a future home away from home. We call it our Welcome Home Playgroup. It is so nice to see the very young children and parents / carers with us on Monday mornings.


PLAYGROUP FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS

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“Dearest Sandra, I wanted to write and thank you for sharing this wonderful year with us. When I first came home to Sydney after living abroad, I was coming home as something entirely new – a mother. It was your Playgroup that game me a place where I felt I truly belonged. Honestly, you have made my mothering experience so much of what it is today, giving me a place where we felt so loved, welcomed and appreciated. And what a joy it’s been for me seeing Juliette grow in such a beautiful environment and become so comfortable with you and everything you offer us – of course she loves the food and is always asking me to sing the songs throughout the week, but more than that you’ve given her a space where she feels safe to explore and be herself. You’re so deeply appreciated by us Sandra, and we hope to share many more wonderful years with you in the future. With all our love and warmth, Charlotte & Juliette”

“Dear Sandra, I stood there quietly for a moment, looking at you three, busy as bees, working so well together. The boys were so eager to help! And I thought to myself – how lucky am I to witness this fleeting moment of pure magic. And then I realised I couldn’t keep it to myself…I wanted to be able to show Hugo and Barnaby’s parents how fortunate and blessed we are to have you Sandra in our lives, to get to visit the sacred space of the school and garden, to attend this weekly gathering of love and humanity. How much these moments are shaping our souls, adults and children alike…From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Hugo and I love you.”

AUTUMN PLAYGROUP

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Dear Families,


As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near,
we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
 
What to bring for playgroup?
Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
 
Our Thursday – Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high. 
 
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so. 
The Dusty Gnome  leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.
(Adult centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child – centred issues of the day.)
 
Our joyous closing circle signals
warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
 

“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”

See you soon,
Sandra

PRESCHOOL IN THE GARDEN

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At the preschool this week, parents were greeted by our new playgroup educator, Sandra, who offered them each one plant/flower to plant in our garden. The children really enjoyed adding their plant to the soil with the biodynamic compost from Castlecrag which some of them even helped to make!

Visit: http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/newsletters/glenaeon-26-february-2018-newsletter for more info.