Stories from the week of Sept 28:
Glorious sunshine streaming through leaves in every shade of golden welcomed us to the forest this week. The wolf pack is already finding a nice rhythm; a snack on arrival at the Gazebo, then a little play time or exploring a nature collection before getting packs on (no help needed!) and lining up for our trek to the forest. We have decided to walk hand in hand across the parking lot to the edge of the school before taking off towards the forest gate, where we line up and slowly enter the magical forest one by one.
Wednesday the kids enjoyed making their own “pulley buckets”, tying a rope around a stick and the other end attached to the handle of a bucket. We would then tell everyone to stand clear as we threw the stick up and over a branch in the tree above, and voila! Pull the stick and the bucket goes up… let go and the bucket comes down. Many treasures were transported and traded; leaves of every shape and shade, small sticks, rocks, moss, and even mittens.
Apples have been falling off our wild apple tree, so we went for a walk to the far fence to see if any horses friends could be found to share a treat with. We whistled and whinnied, but no horses came. So instead the kids took turns showing me their best horse moves, complete with gallops and leaping!
Friday was our first mud kitchen, way too much fun!! We were blown away by how engaged the kids were with mixing, digging, pouring and stirring. The collaborative efforts were above expectations— some helped get water for others, dig dirt for a friend, or pick snow berries for sharing. And the culinary creations were fabulous; chocolate cake, leaf soup, hot cocoa, snow berry muffins, and moist dark chocolate brownies!
There was lots of excitement about the tipi going up on Friday as well. Big kids from CLES worked with teachers in trying to get the ropes all strung to receive the canvas cover... we will find out this week how it turned out!!