Springing Ahead - Homeschool and Preschool
Zak Kozlowski, May 29, 2017
Ithaca Forest Preschool
On Monday, Marc offered to make a form of stone axe for preschoolers to take home. He and Sean have been obsessed with stone tools in the last year, so when Marc let kids safely use his Stone Hatchet, enthusiasm spread quickly, and then with a little work, Marc gifted small stone tools for kids to chop branches.
Tuesday the excitement was around birds nests. We have a robin's nest right in the pavilion, and this week we actually saw the baby robins inside. A few people got excited and used clay and grass to practice making their own birds nest.
Wednesday we followed a compass into the woods. We took turns pointing the compass to the West and traveling in a direction. We kept on the alert for ticks as we played a game of "opossum and farm dog" in the tall meadow.
Thursday some hard-boiled eggs were enjoyed, but before that could happen, more nests had to be built for the eggs. It was a rainy day, so the food was nourishing, as was the fire that instructors were able to build even in the wet conditions.
Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill
One of my favorite games was played at Tuesday Homeschool this week! The game of "Crow Spirit" is dramatic game of secrecy, special characters, and high rewards. Villagers had to free the world of goblins, by escaping them and finding the hidden Crow Spirit, the only character who can give a gift of ridding the Village of the earthly goblins. Well played, folks.
Afterwords, the trading and crafting continued in the General Store, but the most special moment may have been when the kids acted out a play. Marc has a wonderful ability to bring theater to Primitive Pursuits programs, and the Tuesday Homeschoolers were up for the challenge and fun.
Thursday Homeschool at East Hill
Thursday was a calm and rainy day, and it was great for practicing our hiding skills in a game of "Sardines" with all the whole camp. Afterwords, we split up into smaller groups.
The "Wandering Gnomes" experimented with digging Burdock Roots. The "Lost Village Group" were busy digging out a secret shelter area. They aren't willing to tell us too much more as of yet. The "Tracking Group" made up a story of landmarks to travel deeper into the woods. We carefully made a fire in the rain, and spotted some other groups to stalk up on. Lastly, the "Mystic Minks" took a trip down the monkey run trails and had a meditative wander.