Spring Beginnings - Homeschool and Preschool
Zak Kozlowski, March 24, 2017
Welcome back, welcome in, now let's begin! For the first week of spring, it was more winter-like than February. This trend will likely continue for weeks to come, so please keep your winter layers dry and ready to grab on short notice.
Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill
The Tuesday Homeschool clan traveled down the rabbit hole to the other side of the looking glass this week. Mischievous Mentor Marc had new tricks up his sleeve as he planned for the opening day of his prized Tuesday Homeschool Session. For example, a trail of smoke was the only direction the kids had to follow as they moved like a blinded caterpillar through the woods. The kids then made a new game of croquet in the snow, giving them extra incentive to gather sticks of firewood. Pancakes and a tea cook-off with the mad hatter capped of the opening day celebration!
Thursday Homeschool at East Hill
Did you feel that? Something was shifting on the earth and in us all at Thursday Homeschool.
We opened the day with a brand new song - "What's in your Basket?" With Community Basket as our theme for the session, it set us up to create a new feel. We have many new participants to Primitive Pursuits this Spring, as well as a very special elder volunteering with us. New faces, new songs, and a new structure to the day are all part of the shifts taking place.
Four clans spent the bulk of the day off getting to know their peers, their senses, and their elders. One group had fun tracking and sliding down by the creek, while others worked on navigation through caterpillar walks, compass stones, and finding lost shelters in the woods.
Ithaca Forest Preschool
On Tuesday, we made maple snow cones. We also heard a story about Winter transitioning into Spring and then went on a quest to find Spring. When we found him, he led us to Old Man Winter's snow-covered house in the woods. Thursday, we heard a story about peacemaking and trust. We then went searching for the magic stones we heard were buried in ice and snow, and which could help bring peace to the forest
With the Monday group, it was all about welcoming new kids into our group. The 5-year olds and most experienced preschoolers did a great job showing us around Trillium Camp and giving a tour of some of the places we go. We rolled on the crusty top of deep snow to travel, and we heard some of our key teaching stories such as the history of the "peace log", "stick with the flock", and "fire safety 101". We are so glad to have a full flock of kids again.