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?
Tuesday Homeschool got to live each and every one of them, from aquatic
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
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!
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".
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!
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