Birdsong Sing Along - Homeschool and Preschool
Zak Kozlowski, April 28, 2017
Ithaca Forest Preschool
This week we focused on plants on Thursday, as well as planting seeds--of kindness, of
generosity, and in the soil. We were also learning various mnemonics for
remembering bird calls--from "Chicka-dee-dee-dee" to "Drink your tea!"
It's not always important to know the name of the bird; just being able
to identify a call and say, "There's that bird again!" is a way of
connecting with what is happening in our world.
was a musical day. Sara Jane brought us a fun song about green grass
growing all around, and it seemed to bring us good vibes. We had a
Junco (a songbird) display fun tricks for us around snack time, and kids
were delighted by the new visitor. We also let the kids make their own
spaceship, dig in the sandbox, climb up and down the mud hill, and jam
out to fresh beats and Ukulele strumming.
Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill
Trust me. On Monday, when I heard about Marc and Will's plan for Tuesday homeschool, I had the biggest smile. . .
The day marked the beginning of the YMCA-Land General Store, with Marc and Will as the General Managers. There was a fire present for the grand opening. The air waves were vibrating in birdsong, and the fresh rain cleaned the storefront of any old dust.
What a monumental day! For trade this day, there were deer bone tools, ready for turning into fish hooks or needles. Will and Marc also cooked up a whopping pot of hide glue. These items sparked a boom of inspiration and bustling hands among the homeschoolers.
The store front reopens next Tuesday with even more natural items for kids.
Thursday Homeschool at East Hill
on Thursday was a beautiful hot day. After finding some shade, there were
ongoing projects to revisit. Hoop baskets were one of these. Many kids
continued harvesting rose shoots and utilizing willow shoots to
continue the weaving. One weaver found herself startled while walking through the woods, after a bird spooked her.
Can you guess what bird? The kids discovered that she (the bird) was tending to over a dozen eggs!
village camp, kids kept working hard on making bridges and stairs.
Cleaning out the muck and sludge hammering in stakes, our muscles are
getting in shape.
Even deeper in the woods, kids were making musical instruments,
identifying spring ephemeral plants, and working on dance moves. This
session keeps rockin' and rollin'.