Parent Days - Preschool and Homeschool
Zak Kozlowski, May 11, 2017
Ithaca Forest Preschool
Monday was a really fun day to start off the week. We worked on Plant Identification through a game involving seeing leaves and then covering them up and trying to match the leaves from memory. Getting to know shapes and smells of plants is the foundation of naturalist skills and hazard safety, as poison ivy leaves come out especially.
Tuesday was Parent Day, and also Britton's final day and we appreciate all that Britton has given to the Preschool and Primitive Pursuits. She will be missed and we wish her the best in her next adventures!
We played in a new part of the creek, hunted Britton's "healing treasure", and made dandelion fritters. Several parents came and a few brought siblings--both former and future Ithaca Forest Preschoolers! It was quite a reunion/celebration.
On the Wednesday Parent Day we had parents and grandparents visiting as we recapped stories from our Spring .To prove that they happened, we followed the trail of our stories through the woods. It was also fun to start our plant press project!
Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill
Parent day was also happening at the Tuesday Homeschool program If you remember, the General Store just opened up on the land, and the prize material gathered by the General Managers this week was clay. In order to mold and make pottery to dry by the fire, kids earned some from the store by bashing it into smaller, malleable pieces of clay. They also went on a wild edible plant ID quest. Stories and smiles were shared all around.
Thursday Homeschool at East Hill
The Parent Day on Thursday filled 4-H acres with shrieks and loud calls. If you were there, you might still be tired out, as we played the longest, most ecologically-layered nature game ever played at Primitive Pursuits!
"The Nest Robber's Game", as it was called when brought to Primitive Pursuits by a woman named Julia, was only remembered by Marc, and he did well to bring it back to life. Basically, the game simulates how Bird Language in the forest unfolds. Food, Mammal Predators, Bird Robbers, Songbirds, Nests, and larders were all cast for the game. Parents helped, and so did face paint. Before the game, we had a Bird Language Theater provided by the staff to teach the reasons birds call to each other. During the game, there were reasons for all forms of Bird Talk to be used - Danger Warnings, Companion Calls, Male to Male aggression, and even playing silent and still.
Following the long game, there was only time for lunch and some brief working sessions in our clans. We still have much to do before the final parent celebration potluck. Thanks again!