Although you can see plenty of materials in the photographs you cannot see the atmosphere. The joy of children quietly and sometimes not so quietly working. Parents and grandparents who intermingle to discuss and share. The child who has a sense of peace and calm who can choose their own material, take it from the shelves, work with it at their own pace and return it when finished. The subtle lessons in grace and courtesy.
The session ends with group time. Children sitting in a circle (with their caregivers) on the mat on the floor. Sharing music and song. Fingerplay and a book. Recognising each special child in the room. Then of course the tired but enthralled children leave for home. Otis sleeps in the car. Speaking to other parents and for myself I'm not sure who enjoys the class the most - the parents or the children.