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Final Fall Week for Homeschool and Preschool!

Zak Kozlowski, December 13, 2016

Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill

The Jay Clan learned about the weather's influence on the forest before us, while barely dodging the freezing touch of father and mother frost. Visiting our old base camp for the last time this season, we churned out a coal for the final fire there and even carried the fire (via tundra mushroom) back to Mouse Camp where we enjoyed a pot of "wonder corn" to help us brainstorm the fall festival next week. Wind blew through willows, "camouflage!" echoed through the pines, and the four tailed "infinite fox" even made a stunning appearance!

Thursday Homeschool at East Hill



At 4-H acres, the day was all about end of Fall preparation. With one week left, and snow flurries falling, we stuck together as a whole tribe for the day. "Weather" was our them for the Forest Before Us, so we enacted out the forces on nature, such as tornadoes, blizzards, and more. Later in the day, we prepped our final celebration. Each child was asked to sit and ponder what made this session of Homeschool so special. We split up to prepare the most popular responses, and we came up with some great activities, demonstrations, and exhibits to engage parents on the final day. Lastly, we played our favorite new game of capture the flag for over an hour. Flurries kept falling, and we closed out with a song.

Ithaca Forest Preschool

At the forest Preschool, we had fun in the flurries as well. Over the week, we were blessed with many snowy mornings. They gave us the chance to make really fun race tracks in the snow, practice throwing our first snowballs at mini snow people and instructors, and roll up some giant snow boulders too. We also practiced going inside for snack and lunch, to keep our hands and feet toasty during meals. It was very cozy to play inside for a bit and hear stories read.



There was also some cooking on an open fire. One group made "banana boats" - chocolate chips melted inside a banana right on the coals. And we played games of Forest Fire until we couldn't run anymore, and danced to more new songs!

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