A magical week all around. We say that a lot, but this little crew of Nature Schoolers is melding, meshing, finding their favourite spots and bringing out more enthusiasm each week....my heart wants to burst just thinking about it.
On Wednesday, sliding and more sliding, and enjoying a book called 'The Listening Walk,' a sweet story that promotes just the kind of attitude we like to encourage...curiosity, awareness of the sounds around you, long meandering walks, and finding joy in the small things around you!
There is a wiggly jiggly tree bough that is fast becoming the 'next best play-thing,' in the forest. The kids hang on while the branch bends down to the ground, enjoying their 'thrilling' little ride! Small thrills are oh-so important for small bodies with big energy!
I think the snow chair gets more comfy each week, and no one is getting stuck in it anymore! It's certainly a high demand piece of furniture at our base camp. I missed Wednesday, but I hear there was a great excavation of a snow pile to create a three-way tunnel!
More small thrills, combined with some serious imagination! Once I joined the branch, we were 'three little witches, sitting in a tree...one fell off, and had to pee! Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, 'no more witches sitting in a tree!' I love how the song evolved and how we were sitting on a 'broom' together in the middle of the forest--those two little ones had done some serious bushwhacking, challenging themselves to use their 'moose legs' to step high over the brush.
Thankfully, a little snowfall mid-week turned our slide back to winter colours....!
The kids created some ice art on Friday, adding berries and bits of green forest-y things to make something beautiful. Soon we'll be back to pop them out of their pans and hang up for decorations. Not all of the kids opted for crafts, though. Some kept sliding and playing, which is fine by us. Crafts are always invitational, and often provide a child with a few minutes of quiet hand-work time if they need a break from high-energy play.
On Thursday last week, the Nature Explorers (K-4) enjoyed a change of pace by meeting at Canyon Park. A playground, of all things (if you read our blogs you know we usually stay in the forest!) provided endless entertainment, silliness, falling and teamwork.
I was so proud of this gang. It was our coldest day yet, and the kids managed to start our fire from a flint and steel spark, creating a toasty fire that yielded popcorn for our snack. Thanks for sticking with it, guys--your practice is paying off. Here they are examining some different types of dry tinder, and choosing only the best for their fire nests, in which to tuck their pieces of char cloth...
Until next week!