Birding, Sledding and Cooking - Homeschool and Preschool
Zak Kozlowski, February 13, 2017
Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill
Back in Fall, the Jay Clan learned about the art of wandering, questioning, and following intuition. We like call our woods the Wander Woods, for its inherent quality to help people get "lost" and discover mystery. The tradition continued this week, as we spent the day exploring Eco-village land - forest and fields - for signs of woodpeckers, conifers, tracks of mammals, and rosehips. We played a whole variety of games at interval moments to pause in our wander. The clan ate lunch nestled in a stand of blue spruces, recalling fond memories from our Fall Session.
Tracks and Trails
At Tracks and Trails, the flurries swirled around us and disguised the woods in a white out! Even in the squall, we still found the old logging road to our raccoon camp, passing by the same golden birch trees each week. Once out in the woods, we had to capture some potatoes, onions, and garlic from a Spider trap. Some of us learned how to slice, roast and boil vegetables on a fire, while others played games on a deep forest walk with Will and Britta. Will started a story during lunch, that kids helped author, which lasted hours! Its great to have Will, who was been with the home school for well over 10 years and knows of many secret places deeper than most ever travel.
Arnot Forest welcomed the oldest members of our homeschool program with a flurry of snowflakes and chorus of crow calls. After all the cardinal directions were laid out our snow compass, our group was visited by Primitive Pursuits instructor Marc Barker and we were invited to play a large game with the Wilderness Year participants. Once the game ceased, the Winter Explorers spent the rest of the morning in a slurry of blindfolded activities - walking in straight lines (or at least attempting to), navigating fellow clan mates around the field back to the lodge, and other team challenges. Our day ended by rejoining the Wilderness Year participants for a final snowball fight (spoiler alert - kids won.)
Ithaca Forest Preschool
Ki-Ki-Ki-Ki-Ki-Ki-Ki-Ki! Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha! Is someone laughing or is there a Pileated Woodpecker in the woods? Probably both at Ithaca Forest Preschool this week! The laughter could be heard from the hours of sledding that we did this week. Kids got to take turns on our sleds, making sure the path is clear, and learning how to bail before danger strikes. Or maybe you heard the laughter from the party on Thursday, complete with hot chocolate, primitive party hats, and 2 very special birthdays! :)
It's also possible that the laughter came from the Wednesday group. We encountered signs of Pine Dragon, Woodpeckers of all shapes and colors, and we constructed masks to blend in with the woodpeckers of the world.