Greetings One and All;

This past week I was out sick.  We sadly had to cancel due to no substitutes available.  However, we were blessed with having Will Worden come on Wed. and Thurs.

From all reports everyone had a fine week as well as enjoyed Will’s presence very much.

We do send out  our apologies for the cancellation on Tues as well as our deep gratitude for your kindness and well wishes.

The rains are still coming, the Sun is still shinning its face at times, and we are all still alive and being able to breath in the beauty of life!

March 13, 2019
Waxing Moon
Roy’s Redwoods

Addie was absent, and very missed by Beau!!! 🙂

SPRING!!  It was here by way of little flowers, crickets, butterflies, and WARM SUN shinning upon us.  There has been a new policy with Roy’s Redwoods that all schools must plan a year in advance when they will come there.  So, this was the day scheduled. We don’t always go because we are scheduled yet, we thought it would be fun to see it again. We know that it is much colder there which is why we do not go much during the winter but, it would be so fun we thought and it was warm outside of the trees.

But, OH DEAR, we were wrong!!!  Jackie Frost showed himself all along the trail. The leaves on the ground were edged with his snowy glow presence and our nose and toes, as one of our song states, were truly “nipped!”
So, after we walked to our Redwood Grove spot, we had circle, bounced on the bouncy tree, explored inside the big “Cathedral” put on gloves, coats et al. and then decided, to FIND SUN!!

Backpacks on and off we went, toward the light shinning outside the undercover of grand trees and wrens alarming.

The children came upon a little stream and in there was a worm. How lovingly and curiously, they examined, explored, and delighted in this new friend.  And, then, we continued on our journey.

All along our hike up the big hill with big mud sections to figure out how to get through, little creeklets, tracks, teeny bugs and then THE LIGHT OF DAY, they laughed and had such a grand time on this little walk/adventure.

We found a deer trail that led us up a hill to the top where we could see beyond the tops of the trees.
They found purple, yellow, and red colored flowers and delighted.  At first they just all sat down appearing to not know exactly what to do in this un manicured and slopped place.  At the beginning of the day they had talked about making homes like the three little pigs. I saw a Coyote Bush with dead twigs and old branches and went down there to begin making a little Piggie house. And so the gathering and building began for the day.

They found two rocks near each other that became the perfect structure to put a grass roof upon. So, they all worked together to build this little home. But then, OH NO!  they thought covering ME with all this grass was the best thing in the world.  We ran around the hill and then they wound up having a rolling down the hill party.  Rolling and rolling.  The boys found their way into a circle where they went round and round and fell, laughed and laughed, got up and round and round they went then fell, laughed and laughed and did it over and over again!!

We finally went to lunch where we sat in a straight line this time as we were indeed on a slop.  After that the whole group went, on their own, to play at building their house again.  All accept Gideon who was happily still eating. I stayed with him.  We were called down to where they were. When we got there they were all quite quiet as Ruby had a beautiful Butterfly upon her hand. Ellery was next to her with such joy and everyone seemed delighted with this treasure but then, OFF IT FLEW!  and back to play they went.

Today was truly a most gorgeous day on so many levels.  It is so very, very evident that they are getting closer to 4.  They are waking up like flowers in spring. They are more social, verbal, expressive with their emotions/likes/dislikes. They are now entering the world of being so much more aware of their own gender.  Their bodies can do so much more. They just show signs of being more awake and a bit less of that classic three year old dreamy state.  And this lovely group continues, even in the midst of these changes, to be sweet, fun, kind, playful, alive and present.

We packed up to go back to the bus and down the big hill they went.  We got to the muddy part and they all learned how to navigate with and around that very well.  When we came to the open trail towards the bus there were a lot of big holes in the ground. They found a really large one and they all got in it and came out like the Root Children waking up and walking into Spring. They went in and out of that several times before they could find their way back to the bus.

Sienna was delighted that she went into the water with her “water shoes” even though “they do get wet inside,” she said.  Nelly was, again, SOOO Happy throughout the day and on this day she asked for Ruby and I to hold her hand and help her up and down the big hill. Usually she says “I can do it myself!”  And now, she has matured to where to can  feel good about asking for help as well as know when she can do something herself.  Another healthy mile stone to celebrate with joy.  Ellery found her self with mud on her boots and disliking this very much.  Ruby helped find ways to clean her hands and boots in the clear stream. She was content.   Beau was tired at one point and just gave himself a 5 min. power rest and then was back in business/play:)   Nathan finally had a snack that he liked and ate it all up, Graham crackers and he too was more open to Ruby and I with greater eye contact.  More evidence of growth and natural maturity. Gideon is able to speak his words with greater clarity. He too has a more mature aliveness as does Rohin.  Rohin is getting more able to withstand the “tumble bumbles” and rough housing nature that goes on with the boys.  He has been working with this quite diligently for awhile.  He now takes his time, you can see him pondering his choices to play with them or not and then, HE JUMPS IN and delights in the fun they are having.

A day of coming out of the cold, into light, warmth, color and growth.

 

March 8, 2019
Lake Lagunitas
New Moon

Another fun and beautiful day with your children! We thought the weather was just going to be cloudy but indeed it showered on and off and then at about 11:45 rained for a bit.

We were highly efficient today as we got the children to the lakes, out of the bus, with their buckets in hand for circle, to circle and then, we began to set up the fire.

Some of the children loved to come straight to circle, not ever our focus.  Some of the children love to go straight to play and explore. So there they were, all sitting on their buckets ready to be in circle when Nathan said, “Can we go play?”  And the answer was “Of course!” 🙂

So off went Nathan, Beau, Rohin and Ellery.  They had their buckets in hand to go to the creek.  I guided them to a spot where they could play safely.  The water was still swift and the rocks quite slippery so, there was a little “beach” area where they could stand and play safely and, they did.  I went back to set up the fire and Sienna, Nelly, Addie and Gideon stayed to watch it being set up while Ruby set up all the cooking that we were about to do: corn tortillas, grating cheese and getting the beans in the pot.

I had just finished getting the Tinder Bundle/nest ready to then put the small sticks around it when Beau casually came up with a frown and sad face. He said that he lost his bucket, it went down the creek. I ran down and then all those children down there ran with me as we explored down the creek. It then dawned on me that the bucket probably sunk close by so, back we went and, what did we see??? The bucket under the water and stuck up against a log. Well, off went my rain boots and socks, rolled up my rain pants, took off my rain skirt and into the water I went. SUCCESS!  The bucket was saved.  They played for a bit and then, Beau came back with ” I lost my bucket!”  Oh dear!  down I went again and there was the bucket, right where they were playing upside down and too hard for his little hands to get it.  I came just in time because it WAS about to on an adventure down the creek. I grabbed it and all was well yet again.  Time to take the buckets up for circle and snack it seemed and so, we did.

We all ate such a delicious snack. While Ruby was cooking I told them a story about Spring being just around the corner and later in the day we went searching for spring.  When circle was done off they went again to play and explore.

They spread out and had a grand time, as always, playing in the woods and then we gathered them up to “find spring!”  As we adventured that is exactly what happened. We found small buds, larger buds, almost flowering buds, on a big tree! Then we walked towards Bon Tempe Lake and there they found a great big puddle!!!!  No further did we need to go.  To get across was challenging for some as it was deep. I found a board and A BRIDGE WAS MADE!  They went across that many, many times. Beau was a “worker” and organized how the crossing all took place. Ellery fell in the water a bit and was ever so sad. Later, to help Ellery a bit, Ruby wound up getting her very involved in the Earth and how it talks. Almost all the other children came over and they were all so involved in the joy, curiosity and discovery of Earth and how it shares with us its many wonders and mysteries as Ruby guided them with stories and joy.

Gideon discovered spring in the little Doug Fir bushes near us and all came over to see that.  It was then close to lunch time but, changing clothes party seemed a great need and the rains were beginning to come down so, two by two children went with Ruby to change while I took the children under cover to eat lunch and listen to a story I read.  After all the eating and changing we went back into the warm bus. I read one more fun and fine story, we sang our good bye song, the children gave glorious thank you’s and off we went.

Their day was so full and the weather was enough to tucker four of them so much that, Ruby played the Kalimba the whole way back and, as said, four of them went fast asleep while the others were in total silence until we got back.