May 16, 2019
Lake Lagunitas
Waxing Moon

Josie Absent and we sent Ellie home as she really was not showing any signs of feeling well. So, Luna and the boys were left and the Rain, well, it was POURING pretty much all day.

We set up the canopy and during the time when I was taking care of  calling Ellie’s Mom , the children and Ruby, I was told later, found a scorpion that looked like this photo below.  They are not poisonous by the way yet

California Common Scorpion

certainly would not feel good if stung.  The story goes that there was a very big rock that the children wanted to push over and see what might be underneath it.  They sang a song from a story told many months ago where everyone worked together, with this song, to pull out a Turnip. Well, no turnip here but a big boulder needed to be altered. So, they pushed and they pushed and pushed and they pushed until,….the rock moved aside. Yet, what did they find? Yup, the above scorpion. After that they all ran over to make sure Ellie was fine as she sat under the overhang.  When I was back they all had me come over and see what they found. What a find indeed.

When it was time to light the fire Theo was very interested in being the on to light the match.  Ellie usually likes to that too but not the others. So, Theo worked at it and worked at. Each time gaining more and more skill!  I finally lit the match as, even thought he got it to light several times, it still take a bit to get it in the right spot of the tinder so that it will alight.  The fire began to burn and we prepared to make the last bag of noodles.  When they were finally fully cooked, everyone got to try one to see if indeed it was ready or not.  Then, they got to have it with cheese or not and then, WE ATE OUR BOWELS OF NOODLES UP!  Oh my, they were soooooo gooooood!!

The truth was that by the time this finally happened it was close enough to lunch to simple merge the two. There was first noodles and then their lunch.

The rest of the day we actually stayed quite close under the canopy and the fire. All that is accept Luna who was very, and has been all year, quite concerned about sparks and the smoke.  We didn’t really have all the proper clothing to allow them to get fully wet and then back into a change of clothes with still wet rain gear so, we simply,”held the course” near the fire for the entire day as each one of them went in and out of their comforts, lack there of and at different moments wanting it all to change.

Therefore, my gratitude for the day was to allow the flow of the day, discomforts, “postponement gratification”, joys and creativity to take place.  And it did.  All just ebbed and flowed so that by the end of the day many stories were told around the fire, Luna came close in for awhile, bravery as to getting closer to the fire to get warm, learning how to simply move yourself to another spot when the smoke goes in your face and relaxing into a day of less exaggerated movements and more stillness and presence took place.

We were in awe over a crow that was doing this most fascinating figure 8 and a Raven walking down below it.  Ruby and I had never seen that before. I called my friend that night to ask him if he had ever seen such a thing and just the day before when they were teaching a Bird Language class they too saw some very interesting crow flying moves. Crows and Ravens are unique and fantastical as well as all of nature.  To watch and be in awe of this incredible display was yet another high light of this more meditative day.

After packing everything up, saying our good byes and thank you’s the children then heard Ruby’s story for on the way home which was, as always, grand and so deeply engaging.

 

May 14, 2019
Waxing Moon
Deer Park

Josie was absent today.

Well, the day had a small twist in it. We were going to go to Sorich Park.  Last week we were planning on going but when I was planning the week I discovered that the road to it was completely full of construction. This week, I did not check and assumed it would be finished enough to go. So, in the bus and off we went but….when we got to the road it was blocked/closed at the end of the road and therefore we could not pass.

So, we pulled over and looked at our options with Ruby and I deciding.  But first, we wanted to discover places that they would like to visit before school ended as there are only 7 regular days left.  I took out our book and made a list and from there, we went to Deer Park. This is a place that they have always enjoyed and we have gone very rarily this year.

When we got there it was indeed delightful.  The boys went instantly back to spots they remembered and Ellie and Luna played, all day, so sweetly and cooperatively together.  Very warming.  Ellie went to play with the boys after awhile and Luna joined but for only a bit. She discovered many Bay nuts on the ground and engrossed herself with deep curiosity about them.

We had circle, snack, we played our Rabbit fingerplay songs, came back to circle, had Eamon share with us about the weather and watch it radically change within a five minute span.  Then, off they went again with DEEP explorations and discoveries.

Eamon was in 7th heaven when he found a tool/two sticks, that aided him going up and down the hill. He said “I am a Mt. Climber!” with extreme pride and delight.   As we began our adventure away from this hill he said ‘Will we be able to climb more Mt’s?’  He very much wanted to make sure that the hill he was climbing would just keep following us.

As we walked down this trail Theo and Holden were up ahead with me.  I heard a Spotted Towhee alarming, quite a bit, and really wanted to see it and have them see it.  We started to get quiet and to slow down. This still doesn’t make a lot of sense to Theo, the slowing down part, yet Holden encouraged him.  We started to see the Towhee flit through the ground brush when Eamon came by and wanted to play with Holden. Holden asked him to be still three times and then, I am not exactly sure what happened but then Eamon cried and cried.  When simply validating each one of their feelings and desires Eamon’s response was so precious, he just wanted to Holden to do what HE was doing and, Holden just wanted the same from his perspective.  I smile here as the children’s brains still have not activated the part where they can have two feelings at a time so, when what they want gets thwarted such BIG tears arise for the loss of what they wanted. This happened for all of them throughout the day today as they played and worked with what they wanted with and from each other.  Oh growing up takes such courage and is a valiant endeavor!!!

As that got resolved we kept walking. It then became Holden, Theo and I again. All of a sudden Holden said “when are we going to be there?”  and right then, he said, “There it is!”  His body knew where the place to leave this trail was and how to get to the next place was. For me this was exciting as we have been, quietly as teachers, working with Body Radar or trusting your body to help you find places and things.  Here it was in full action, our inherent  and organic ability to feel and sense things!

Earlier on the trail, when we first started out, Ruby found a Ca. Hazelnut tree. It had some nuts from last years crop.  I opened one and we all got to eat it. WOW so YUMMY! The new spring flowers are just showing and the nuts are in their very young stage. We can’t wait to come back to harvest some of them come the right time!

We finally made it to our intended destination, the Old worn out fort. But first, it was lunch time so, we sat down and ate lunch and then, went to the “fort.”  Truly run down it was and they got to pay close attention to what was safe and what was not.  There was a bouncy part that they thought was so fun to jump off of “like a diving board” from this great ship!  Ellie had to poop so Ruby took her to go do that while I stayed with the rest of them.  Fun games we had and then, by the time Ellie came back it was indeed time to go.

Going back I found a feather. They all wanted it, accept Ellie, so a challenge came upon them: stalk all the way back in total silence and win the feather. But alas, NO ONE could fully do it, though they DID give great effort to do so!  And, what does that mean??? We get to practice again and again and again!!

We drew our picture of the day and remembered the things that warmed our hearts so from the day and then took our short drive back to Peri Park.

May 9, 2019
Waxing Moon
Roys Redwood

Josie absent.

Today was a bit of a funny day in that we had “visitors” all day.
When we got to Roy’s they immediately jumped out and went to play.  The bouncy tree was so much fun, the hiding spots in the Redwoods, climbing over logs, making grand homes and running throughout the area.  There are many trees that fell this winter and some right near our beloved bouncy tree yet, not ON the tree so no hinderance there. Poison Oak was formidable so throughout the day there was a lot of REALLY looking at the leaves and knowing them as well as the difference between Poison Oak leaves and Berry Leaves.

During circle the teenagers from the near by school came through.  Luna was her usual friendly and welcoming self to them. She thought it would be so fun if she could be with them and play with them. Alas, they were near us only for a bit and then when their teacher arrived off they went. 🙁

After circle we stayed in the area just for a bit and then gathered our belongings and up the big hill to get to our usual path. Our old path was covered by fallen trees.  So, as I said, up the hill above the bouncy tree, over and around and down and then, where do we go???  They found their way and different ways.  We played many Hide and Go seek games, finding puddles, Banana Slugs, wet ground, dry ground and lot’s of scat of bird, worm and other.

And oh yes, before we left for this adventure Will, who has substituted at Tender Tracks, was on his way somewhere else but saw the bus so stopped and stayed with us until right after lunch!  He was VERY welcomed.  And, this time, the boys got to play with him.  I heard last time Luna REALLY liked playing with him and the boys did not get as much time with him.  This time however, he divided himself a bit and all the children were happy for this.

We finally made it to our usual place and began to explore the other bouncy tree and inside the big Cathedral.   There were also lot’s of trees that were down over here too with yellow tape keeping us out.

When we were eating lunch there was a Mother, her daughter, who seemed about 4 years old and their little baby.  The little girl really wanted to play with the children and finally joined us. Theo was exceptionally welcoming and thought it would be grand if her whole family joined us on the bus when we were to go home!

While they were all playing together there was a big buzzing sound. It turned out that the woman’s husband was playing with a drone.  The boys were extremely interested in that so I went with them as we searched the sky and land for this loud wonder.  We found it and then  the man showed them how he made them.

We then went back to the others and then went on a long adventure back home taking breaks playing Hide and go Seek and discovery.  The family came with us all the way back to the bus and there we parted ways.
In the bus we shared our thank you’s and oh yes, I plum forgot, when they got on the bus first thing in the morning they got to pick out a stuffed animal that would be their friend for the day. A friend that they could take with them, outside!  The story of the day was one that some of them really know from my CD called  How stories came to be.   When we got back on the bus they whispered their stories of the day to their friends that they took with them.

Theo had by chance brought his own stuffed animal that day so he brought that. At one point he thought he lost it and was so very alarmed by this. We were about to go on a big search when, he PULLED it out of his pocket!  Oh how happy he was.  Ellie didn’t want to have a stuffed animal friend and Luna and Eamon had two; one for the bus and one with them for the day.   Also, at circle time we all whispered what we wanted for the day into a very special felt ball and then put it in the dreaming box of Trilly Trully and Trippy Troopy.

Another fine day indeed.