Today we started a new term at our Home Ed group, and also tried out a new format for our meetings. We really want the children to feel that it is their group, a place where they can feel secure and part of a team, so we helped them to make a 'group guidance tree' today. The guidance tree is a set of rules for the group, agreed by the children, based on the saying 'Always treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself'. The children each wrote a leaf for the tree to remind themselves of the rule, and we will put the poster up at each meeting. We also started the meeting with a circle time, where each child had a chance to share something with the group, and ended with the children putting together ideas for a poster advertising our group.
Here is Hannah having a cup of Blackberry and Nettle tea before the group began.
Some of the Children with the Guidance Tree
A closer look.
Our Newest Member, Welcome to the group Finn :-)