Last week we said 'farewell!' to our dedicated volunteer, Conch. Conch came to us from the ocean, and to the ocean she is returning. The children so enjoyed her big smiles, patient manner and silliness on the trails...And us adults appreciated the extra eyes and hands! Thank you, Conch, for your all of your ideas and energy! If Nature School were continuing over the summer, I know the kids would faithfully ask each morning, 'Where's Conch?' Safe travels!!! Maybe we'll see a Bella Bella Nature School pop up soon--who knows : )
We were fortunate to have been in the forest when CLES's Gr.2 class came down to release the painted butterflies they had been raising. Presto, 12 very excited wolf cubs! They were gentle (mostly) and very curious.
Nature treasures. Is that an egg? A rock that looks like an egg? Gold from the monkey temple lair?
I thought I'd share a bit from an article this week ('15 Reasons to Climb a Tree'), as it struck me as quite useful reading! Sure, sure, we can all nod our heads in agreement, but how do you actually support a young tree climber? Well, look no further--here are some good ideas! It might also shed some light on why we do things a bit differently at our Nature School (i.e.: we won't actually help a child who's looking for a boost up).
HOW TO CLIMB A TREEHelp your child learn to climb a tree with the easy tree climbing tips below:
When your child starts trying to climb trees this is usually an indication of readiness. Support their first efforts, then step back and allow them to do it on their own.
Start with small “easy” trees to climb and progress as your child gains mastery. Support your child’s first efforts, then step back and allow them to do it on their own.
Whenever you feel unsafe about your child’s safety calmly ask, “Do you feel safe?” If they do not feel safe
It won't be long before your child is beaming--'Mom, look at me!' And you'll hopefully be able to relax a bit at the bottom (haha). You can still be proud of your child's accomplishment, strength and growing flexibility!