We had a big surprise this past week to arrive and find a...Tipi! It's back, thanks to the hard work of Laurel and a gaggle of enthusiastic CLES students. We are so very grateful, and it feels wonderful to have 'walls' around us for shelter now that the weather is wetter and more fall-ish. It's time to start collecting cedar boughs, and to practice calm and slow movements while we're inside.
Last week the Tipi sheltered us during snack and story time, and provided a cozy spot to make some nature crafts, practicing sewing and threading with leaves. Some of the wolf cubs hung their 'leaf strings' by their sit spots, to make them extra-beautiful spots to sit and contemplate at the end of the day.
Sometimes serendipitous things happen, with our gang in the forest. Melissa had selected a story book about seeds growing, and we arrived on Friday to find soggy old plums scattered around the forest. Huh? What's the connection? Well, Mr. Mitchell and his class are exploring the idea of a 'food forest,' with the hope that by scattering plum pits, there will eventually be plum trees growing in the forest (to accompany the wild apples, rosehips, saskatoons and elderberry that already exist there!) It was perfect, to read a book about plums and talk about what happening outside--we buried plums to encourage them to grow, and talked about the different ways seeds can spread and scatter (poop! kids love talking about poop).
On Friday, I (Kristina) thought that I had forgotten our candle, and so the children had the splendid idea to create a pretend campfire for our closing circle. When I realized that I did in fact have one, we popped it in the middle of the 'campfire' and lit it as usual. This was quite special and the kids enjoyed what might be a new tradition : )
There were many, many giggles this week. Also, a scavenger hunt, squirrel watching, pretend 'fishing' and tree climbing. Kids became birds on their nests, hunkered up in the crook of a tree and hoping their eggs wouldn't be stolen by marauding wolves down below....
This week, I noticed kids coming out of their shell, relaxing and jumping up and down with eagerness to 'go 'sploring down the trail.' See you next week, Wolf Cubs!