May 21, 2019
Waning Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Josie absent.

Well, another cold, threatening rain, and blustering wind at times kind of a day.   It was actually quite an exhilarating day with lot’s of fun.

We began in the bus, as often times happens, with noticing what is different, what has changed.  Please note, you can do this at home in every room and all around.  It is fun.  The children look around and take in as much as possible. Then, they close their eyes, you move something, they open them up and look all around to see what has changed. During this process they use their ears too.  Another way, is to have something already changed when they come into a room. That is what happened this morning.  We played with the two things that were changed and then, the big question, where was it before it got moved??  There are many wonderful reasons this is good to do. Here, for the moment, I will leave that up to your imagination.  Holden passed out the stuffed animals today.

There was a mumble and grumble about going to Lake Lagunitas  “Again!”  some said.   Which of course is quite interesting considering they go to the same house, the same in door school, the same stores all the time with out such a thing.  With some playful inquiry I think they are looking for a sunny spot!  So with that, we set up in our sunny spot above their favorite Redwood home.

When they got out they got their buckets to take to the hill and there were squeals of, ” Let’s see if the scorpion is still there!!”    I don’t think they checked it out though as they got really involved in their house.  Later on, Ruby went to go in and they said “NO, you can’t come in!” “We’re not ready.” And, when they were ready they let her in and gave her “tea and cookies!” ( pretend mind you:) )

As they were getting ready for circle Trilly Trully and Trippy Troopy went on an adventure leaving a jeweled path laid out for them.  Off they went looking on the ground for the jewels as well as for these lovely friends.  All found, back to circle and, “Can we take the jewels home???”  Jewels back in a shell and then, they each went into quietness and one by one picked the jewel that they felt most drawn to. They were instructed to keep it well and put their wishes for the day into it. And, if they lost it, there would be no other one to come their way.  So they did this all and, at the end of the day, they ALL had their jewels!!  Luna had remembered loosing a sparkly hair clip she found a couple weeks ago and crying the whole way back home. This time she DID NOT want to loose this so she REALLY kept vigilant attention and guardianship of this little jewel. She beamed at the end of the day as she saw that she really did keep track of it and still had it!

I told a story based on Princess in the Pea but the Princess was unusual in that she was so sensitive because she felt, heard, and knew many things because, as mentioned, she WAS so sensitive.  It was a good thing and she taught the family that took her in and tested her with the pea under the 12 mattresses, how they too can listen to all the beings of the air, land, water and wind and feel these things, with delight and joy.

After circle, jobs, and, oh yes, Luna, with my help, lit the match for the candle, Eamon held the candle for her and Ellie got the top of the candle to put on after it was lit.  They all got their jobs and, as you can see, helped each other out. Luna gets quite scared to light matches or be around spark flying fire so this was a grand edgy and triumphant moment

After circle and such we packed up and went on our adventure.  We explored all the way to our trail across the bridge to a place we have not been in MONTHS!  The weather this year has changed a great deal of adventures that typically take place so now, we got to go back here and explore.  The trail brought us to the biggest Banana Slug any of us might have ever seen. The Dark Eyed Junco’s were alarming when we got to close to them. There were Spotted towhees and Sparrows flitting about and the waters waves were moving swiftly. Ellie, Theo and I were up in the front and found the place for us to set up for the afternoon. Our original place was covered by water.

As soon as they all got here, POOOF, out the boys went to find pirate ships and grand adventures.  Luna and Ellie were delighted to be playing near the trees and, in the end, making fishing poles and such.  Oh yes, earlier they were Monster Babies and Ruby and I were Monster Parents. We ate terrible and nasty things and later just had to eat the boys!!! AHHHHH the chase and fun happened.  In and out of this game and games like it happened through out the rest of our afternoon. Flute playing, cordage making, eating lunch, and avoiding Guardian Oak/Poison Oak.  And then, the walk back was playful and fun.

On the way back Ruby drove so I could tell them the story about how Chipmunk got its strips.  The children have now entered the world of “Tell another story, Tell another story!!!”  So that is what did happen and that is what happens often of late.

 

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.