Tag Archive for: Marin 4-year-old 2011-2012

Waxing Crescent Moon
John and Peggy’s Nicassio Land

Bodhi was sick today.  The Sun was up and the sky ceased from his recent down pour.  However, the glorious remains of  Sky’s gift was evident everywhere and we were able to receive these blessings for our time together.
The day started off with them getting right into the finger play songs I have been sharing with them and then our traditional greeting song.  They all sing this now with gusto.  Then the stuffed animals and furs were received, sharing of where we are adventuring too and then, off we went. But oh dear, Sidona was countering Lenny and Lenny was not enjoying that. Then Leo and Sidona wanted to fight.  Well, it turns out they wanted to verbally fight and Lenny and Simone did not want to do that but they were ok if those two did.  If they didn’t like it they knew that the minute they said “ENOUGH” that Leo and Sidona would stop.  It seems that after all of these negotiations, their desire to “fight” with each other ceased and the conversation went to other more inclusive and easier going topics.
When we got to Nicassio we figured out who would take what job for the day and worked with that until all were agreed and content with the choices they agreed upon and then, off we went.  Sidona was to find a lunch spot.  She took us to the left and we did not get very far when wonders were found by them, all over the ground: tracks of what looked like Turkeys, and then we heard one!, worms and ones that they rescued with such care, other tracks, scat…..They just went right into deep discoveries and following each others lead and joy over what they were finding.   Leo was getting quite hungry though and would say” Sidona, where is our lunch spot?!”  She wanted to explore one area but it is an area that is off limits for us so I suggested we go down one trail to our right.  She was willing and off we went.  Leo by this time was REALLY hungry. “Can we stop here?!” Yes was the answer and, even though he was Guardian of the People and after lunch could have chosen to take us somewhere else, they ALL got so involved in this place that here is where we stayed for the entire time.

Here they discovered so many mushrooms and different bugs and insects.  We found so many different shapes of leaves. Many from the same family yet in different stages of decomposition.  We put them in certain orders and admired their incredible beauty.
I told several stories and one was about eating ants.   Leo and Lenny thought this was great and they went about eating ants.  Simone wondered if they were just making this up but then she went to go check on them and they were!  Here is an article below that you can read about eating ants and other such creatures.  This is just one article and I hope you can open it.
Consuming Insects For Survival And Pleasure: Lifeintheratshole.com/?p=978

They did come across a bunch of winged termites that I said to stay away from those though it seems those are edible too. However, I steered them away from it, well, just because I wanted to double check what I thought I knew but began to question myself.  And, I came home, did my research and discovered all is as I had known, the really ARE ok to eat though our Western sensibilities steer us away from such ingestions.  They did dig up the nest and were SOOO pleased about their find.  These children of yours are such gatherers.  They had grand fun all day gathering materials and bringing it back to their “home” where Lenny set up a spit. On the spit they speared mushrooms for the Gnomes and Leprachans.  They found Withches Butter mushrooms and all manner of moss. We then found wonderful Acorn caps and they created wonderful different things with those.  On and on went their wanderings and creations for this home all the while stories were woven in.

Simone asked if the day could go longer but alas, we needed to go. “But why?” was the question.  So, they were having a good time. Although, Sidona was afraid of the ants and some of the bugs at times and it was at those times she would say “are we going soon?”

On the way home they had a grand time throwing the stuffies back and forth to each other.

Roy’s Redwood
Waning Moon

Leo was not with us today. Lenny almost wasn’t but he made it and then we were ready to go on our adventure.
Mood of the day for each child:  Benny, was sweet, enthusiastic, alive and very up and open for playing, joyful and being present to the day.  Bodhi  started the day with wonderful happiness, hiding games, pure, beautiful child innocence, and magick.   Simone, like Bodi, has that innocent wide eyed openness to the magick of life along with her  reliable steadfast kindness, and willingness to push her physical comfort zones. Sidona was happier then I think I have ever seen her and very engaged with joy. Lenny was his energetic self yet with a bit of an edge today.  He was very interested in having the day just with Benny  yet showed great maturity with his ability to change some of his behavioral choices to include the group.  With all of that our days adventures began.

When we got to Roy’s Redwoods and began walking down the familiar path, we all looked up and saw the great hills in front of us.  I said, not really thinking much would come of it just placing the seed of other possibilites for the day, ” Shall we climb to the top of the mountain?” And they all said “YES!”  Benny and Lenny ran ahead to get up there straight away but Simone found another trail that she thought for sure would take us up to the top.  I really didn’t think it would but why not try and see?   So, I called the boys back, the group decided and off we went.  The trail got steep pretty quickly and Simone thought turning back would be a grand idea but there was no support for that idea. She was willing to carry on but, we did stop to eat lunch and then I told them the story of the day.  It was about a little girl who wound up giving all that she had down to just having her “birthday suite” on, to aid others who had hardships. She then wound up in the woods where she came upon wonderful little Gnomes that helped her and showed her the magickal stone treasures when you crack some of them open.
Lenny found a great leg bone that he was SURE was to a horse and he thought it would be great to bring home for his dogs so that they would stop chewing on his toys.  He carried it for quite a while but finally abandoned the endeavour.  As we walked we all came upon some great scat.  Bodhi, Simone, and Sidona were really into it and we found scat all along the path that we were pulling apart and sharing  ideas and notions of who lives in this area that might leave this scat and what were they eating and……
We countined to climb higher and higher and higher and it seems that Simone really DID find the path to the top of the Mountain.  However, our time clearly would not allow us all that was needed to get to the top so we had to make the decision to climb down.  Benny and Lenny had great sticks and wanted to run down.  The path was filled with pebbles and my knowing that potential for falling and getting hurt was a good possibility. So, thru some fun sharing about all of this they made their own decision that running with sticks might not work for them and being really mindful of HOW they ran might help them avoid tumbles.  Benny fell once though yet after that he figured out a brilliant way to avoid that again.  They each navigated so beautifully how to go down this steep, gravely path.  It was so fun and grand to see all of this happen. My heart soared with delight with the viewing of it all.

We found the place that we ate and heard the story.  They were playing with something so I said I needed to use the bushes.  Off I went but, what did I see behind the bushes but wonderful things in the grasses and a fleeting vision of something magickal running off.  I called the children quickly and what did they find but little toy Gnomes and a Geode for each of them to crack open and see if there really was something beautiful inside.  We ran down the rest of the trail to get to the Bus.  I then brought out the hammers and there they really worked at hammering open these stone gems.  Bodhi figured out that by hammering and hammering he made a hole in the ground. This helped hammer the geode more easily.  Only Lenny and a little bit Benny, were able to crack any part of their Geode open.  Those little characters were really HARD to crack open.  I helped and each one found their treasure.  We figured the Gnomes must have heard the story I told and left them presents just for each one.  This was so fun and a delightful holiday surprise and treat.  They played with those Gnomes all the way home.

I left out one part though, when we were sitting up high and looking out at the Mt.s in front of us there was much talk that we were looking at the North Pole.  Some one saw some metal shinning and thought that was snow.  There was great conversations about how that could not be the North Pole, oh yes it could, maybe it is really China and on and on.  Watching their minds put pieces of their memories and knowings together to try and figure this out was another delightful moment.

A wonder filled day.

Waxing First Quarter Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Leo and Sidona were not with us today.  Bodi came with joyful spirits, Lenny happy that he had his backpack, Simone smiling and thinking it was funny that she wore her coat almost the whole day and Benny pretty peaceful.   I was excited to get them to the Lakes spot so that they could have time to unwind, settle, hear the story of the day that would lead them into getting little apple seeds to take home to  plant and then make “birds nests” out of halved apples, with bird seed in them to hang on trees.

When we got out of the bus Simone and Lenny were having fun “sword fighting” with sticks.  There was great discussion about how to play with sticks, still have fun and still keep hurt free. But alas, Benny stepped too close and got hit and then got quite angry.  His anger subsided fairly quickly and then there was the topic of “How do we stay safe and play in this way and do you want to keep playing this way?”  They all still wanted the freedom to play with their sticks and they also wanted to stay free of hurts so, the journey continued.

They were delighted when we found the waters really flowing into the pond straight ahead and played a bit there.  There were so many places that at least half would have stayed here or there but, I was on a mission, so to speak, so I encouraged them to move on.  As we went up the trail next to the big, mmm, what do you call it, the water trough?  there were boards that are fun to edge along on that hold this trough up.  Benny made it all the way across it even though it was quite high for a bit.  Lenny started but got a bit scared to go further so we figured out a way that he could get down with as little of my help and as much of his ability and ingenuity as possible. Well, I didn’t verbalize it  that way to him!  He made it down but then Simone let me know that Benny had smooshed a Banana Slug.  Oh dear….. I shared the work of the Banana Slug people, eating poop and helping rotting things go back into the Earth.  I certainly know that I don’t want the Banana Slugs job and wondered if Benny did.  He, as you can imagine, did not want to eat those sorts of things so, we decided that maybe keeping the Slug people free of death today might help the Earth a bit and free us up from needing to eat poop and rotting things!!!!.  ( I hope you are laughing here)  We gave some nice words to the dead Banana Slug, put it on the side of the trail and went on.  Running and exploring they did with glee. The warm yet also cool Autumn breezes were playing and pulling us all along in such a fun and joyful manner.  After a variety of explorative stops we made it to the place I wished them to be.  It did not take long however though for Bodhi to get a very unpleasant bonk on the cheek.  Benny and Lenny were on top of a big stump and dropped a small log through a little hole.  Bodhi was at the bottom of that.  Whether it was on purpose is a bit unknown.  Lenny aluded to the fact that he did it on purpose and then he said that Benny told him to do it.  So, I really don’t know if those were words because he didn’t want to get in trouble from the mistake or they really did do it on purpose.  What was true was that it really hurt not only Bodhi’s body but he was quiet surprised and maybe a heart ache too besides his cheek not looking quite as easeful as before.   We had more gentle words about how we all wished to play together and get along and after that there were no more hurts to or from any one.
They then got their food out, and story came.  Then there was the excitement of finding the seeds, eating some of the apples, making our nests, and finding places to put them for the birds.  That was quite a journey for all of them fore, where will the birds go to eat these treats?  We will come back next week to see what happened to the gifts.

There was talk of Star wars and the like between Benny and Lenny so it seemed just the right time to tell a story about a Great Hunter who followed the ways of Nunam Shua, the spirit and Guardian of animals and the Earth.  The hunter took tender care of how he walked and how he took the life of the Caribou to give to his people.   He was rewarded for this by Nunam Shua who was watching him unawares and he and his village never lacked for food again.    I then got into making them Bows and Arrows and found their own sticks for bows and I made them.  Each one really liked this and truly practiced the challenging task of putting that stick/arrow in the right place to make it fly.  This is truly about small motor skills leading into large motor, eye hand coordination and the like.   They played with these all the way back to the bus.

Today had a good amount of conflict resolution type talk, walking in kind ways one to the other and respecting all of the life.