November Days Part II
Zak Kozlowski, November 21, 2016
Homeschool at West Hill
Birds and leaves were the themes for the Jay Clan last week. After a hearty game of "Wacky Birds", we challenged our senses and intuition with leaf pile camouflage. This required two teams to create leaf piles with a hidden item in one, then taking turns guessing which pile is hiding the items. The bulk of the day was spent constructing a giant leaf crib with those piles (check out the picture for a visual). This brought the whole Clan together to form a leaf mattress, boxed in with logs. Will Danielle sleep in it? We shall find out.
Homeschool at East Hill
At 4-H acres, we began some all new guilds last week. New choices were offered in Primitive Cooking, Land Service Projects, Sewing the Forest Flag, and Primitive Actors' Guild. The day was gorgeous, and we were able to accomplish some great feats. For example, the Caretakers pounded stakes and buried logs to create a flight of stairs by Grandmother Hickory Tree. This will greatly reduce the erosion around this old tree, by streamlining hikers on sturdy ground. Sean has long wanted to lead this project, and he had the perfect group of motivated kids for the job!
Cooking, Acting, and Sewing also went well. The primitive Cafe folks decorated village camp and shared their meal of spaghetti squash, cobbler, and pancakes. Then we all watched a play put on by the Actors.
Ithaca Forest Preschool
What do you get when you combine basswood bark, Oak Seeds, and Bee's Wax? If you ask an Ithaca Forest Preschooler who came to our programs last week, they can give you the answer: Acorn Candles!
By teaching the kids to make small candles out of totally natural products, we are showing how to be the light in this dark time of year. In doing so, we were also giving thanks to the final harvest of the season before our Thanksgiving break next week. Other themes were animal tracks and migrating geese. We look forward to working on our final projects after the break.