"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's Party!' " (Robin Williams)
Laughter and silliness was in the air this week, as we talked about our impending break and geared up for parents to come down to the Tipi . Signs of spring? The children noticed melting snow, warming temperatures, more bird traffic. The laughter and silliness must be a sign of Spring, as well!
We explored new areas of the forest, found new 'climbing apparatuses' and continued to enjoy sprawling out in the snow with clipboards, to draw.
We were fortunate to have a volunteer-visit with Melissa Flint, this week, a good friend who has a background in conservation biology and permaculture studies--as well as a huge love of the outdoors and playing with kids. We hope to see Melissa around lots more at Nature School in the coming years!
During this snow-sprawling-drawing time, I pulled out a book showing pictures of birds hatching in their nests. As the kids were pretty busy drawing, I absent-mindedly flipped through, wondering if it would catch anyone's interest. Pippa looked up for a split second to ask what the book was about, and immediately went back to her paper...which became an opportunity for her to dictate a story to me, all of her own volition, about birds hatching and living in their nests...I thought this was such a beautiful episode of child-led learning!
Thanks to all of the parents who came down to the Tipi to share tea and muffins. We had a full 'house,' thats for sure! It's very special for us, on the Nature School team, to witness the children feeling at home in the forest and showing their parents around the trails. See you in April, wolf cubs!
As requested, here is Zav's yummy muffin recipe:
Orange Berry Muffins:
1 Cup quick rolled oats
1 Cup orange juice (I fresh squeeze the oranges I use for zest)
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 Cup Oil (I use coconut)
3 eggs (beaten)
3 Cups Flour
1 Cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3-4 Cups berries (fresh or frozen).
Cranberries, blueberries, cherries and blackberries are all favourites!
Mix oats, juice and zest (grated peel); blend in oil & eggs and set aside. In a separate bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Then add oat mixture & mix lightly by hand. Fold in berries, and spoon lumpy batter into greased muffin tins, filling each cup 2/3 full.
Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes. Makes 24 muffins