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Spring Awakens - Preschool and Homeschool

Zak Kozlowski, April 3, 2017

Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill

As the spring awakens, it's worthwhile to honor the amphibians out there this week. Did you know that the eastern newt has three life stages? The Tuesday Homeschool got to live each and every one of them, from aquatic tadpoles, to the terrestrial red eft we all know and love, to an enormous aquatic adult that even predators ran from!

They then traveled through gorges unknown and navigated themselves into the illustrious Coy Glen for a wander and a game of capture the flag, where the rules changed almost constantly.

Thursday Homeschool at East Hill

The clans are hard to keep track of at Thursday Homeschool, but the mud, the puddles, and bare trees are helping us all stay within ear's reach!

The Wandering Wood Gnomes were off learning about trees, up close and personal. Early spring identification of tree buds was explored, as well as a game where a tree is examined with a blindfold on, and then the person is brought away from the tree and has to find it again. Its a wonderful way to "Meet a Tree".

The Lost Village Clan went on a scavenger mapping quest to learn the Acres. They worked on mapping direction with sound by having members Coyote Howl from out of sight, and they began rebuilding lost shelters.

The Tracking Clan re-purposed cut branches and designed their own bridge across our most used creek path!

Finally, the Mythical Minks strengthened their hands and fingers while harvesting materials for basket making and felt how sensationally cold creek water can be to the hands!

Ithaca Forest Preschool

For the Monday-Wednesday preschool group, the past week focused on getting our hands and mouths on edible trees! Yes, while we don't normally think of trees as food, other than fruits and nuts perhaps, there are plenty of wild foods grown from trees. Each child got to try peeling fresh white pine bark, a favorite food of pine dragons, by the way, and some others got to taste basswood buds.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, there was a trip way out to the hemlocks, passing Old Man Winter's hut on the way. Hopefully he is gone for the year!? Feeling a bit lost on the way back, the meaning of "Stick with the Flock" was as meaningful as ever, so that everyone got back to their parents on time! Thursday, the kids played with the homeschoolers as well, climbing together, hiding in a pit, and standing on the Pine tree of courage.


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