Somehow, some way, our daily walks needed to be represented.
We try to take a city walk every single day. Our favorite path - our shortest "time-allowing" walk - is around the city block, to check out the construction on the road behind us, where a new YMCA is being constructed.
We take frequent pictures of what we see on the walk.
We often search for particular things when we walk.
Many of the preschoolers are mesmerized by the construction work in our city neighborhood. Each day, there is lots of action and surprises. Here are some of their drawings of this constant work.
|Cranes in the city|
In an effort to get the children to notice details and to add a little whimsy and magic to these walks, I started a story about a "Grate Man" who lives underneath the roads and loves to slip out and make fun magic. It is Grate Man who puts balloons in trees, hangs shoes from telephone wires, created a "house" for neighbors to share books, and all kinds of strange and wonderful finds in the city. The children are enchanted by this possibility, and whenever we see something out of place, we know it is the Grate Man.
|Talking to "Grate Man"|
|Tree with balloon.|
|Tree with balloon (2).|
|Tree with balloon (3).|
(This particular tree is also our "turn-around tree," when a very short walk is needed.)