A Trip to the Dentist
It’s only been two weeks since my last post, but boy a lot can happen in two weeks, especially when you’re working with kids—they move fast!
On Monday, we were off to Cambie Village Dental to learn about all the fun gadgets that the dentist uses to clean our teeth, and how we can help keep our teeth clean by brushing, flossing and eating healthy foods.
Walking the six blocks to the dentist meant a strict buddy system and walking formation to ensure that we stayed together the whole way. And let me tell you, six blocks is a long way when your legs are as short as a preschooler’s!
Despite the long distance, they did so well on the journey, and not once did one of the kids let go of their partner’s hand or stray from the group! Thankfully our gracious grandparent volunteers made sure the boys at the back of the line stuck close (they had a tendency to dawdle), and chanting “The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah”, kept the girls focussed on marching and prevented them from squabbling (though a few shoes did fall off in all the marching).
The kids had a great time at the dentist, asking questions and playing with the huge model jaw with oversized teeth, but perhaps the most heart-warming moment for me was on the return journey. After many blocks of steep uphill, when Buddings finally came into sight, one of the girls exclaimed with such joy and relief, “Yay!! We’re home!!”. And she was right. Being at Buddings with the new group of preschoolers is starting to feel just like coming home.
Here’s what else we’ve been up to!
We wrapped up our exploration of ourselves and our families with a family tree project, where the kids got to consider and represent who’s in their family and how they are all related.
Now we’ve embarked on our “Winter Journey” by looking at animals that live in cold places and exploring how they survive the winter. (Note to self, February might be a bit too late to discuss the dark, cold mysteries of winter. Especially in Vancouver…)