Tag Archive for: Marin Tues/Thurs 2014-2015

Waning Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Everett was here for his first real day and it was so very lovely to have his beautiful and kind presence. Theron was back from being a bit under the weather on Tuesday.   They all came very prepared for the rain that was deciding if it was going to come or not.  This was very wonderful to have them all ready to go.  Thank you!
When we got to the Lake they dispersed to check out all that we had seen on Tuesday.  It was beautiful to see them jump right into and onto the Earth. They checked the water out, they went looking for the California Newts, they noticed the “Blue flowers” which Julian let us know that they are really “Electrical”/from electrical needs, and so it went.
After a time we gathered together, standing, and sang our morning songs of gratitude and joy then went to the mats that I set out due to the wet ground.   There we sang our  getting to know each other song, ate snack and heard a story about how come we need the wind. This story was called forth due to the stagnant water on Tuesday and how it looked so fresh and cleaner on this day.
After circle we cleaned up and began to play and explore the creek in front of us when, the rain began to flow down upon us!  We ran to go under the shelter.  Hana wondered why we were not going back into the bus to go home as it was raining!  Some loved the rain and others also thought that the day should be ending.  But instead, we ate lunch, played Farmer in the Dell, packed up and went on our adventure to find out if our Beans were still there from Tuesday!
It didn’t take us long to find small bunches of beans yet we never even came close to getting to where we were on Tuesday. Instead we spent all day discovering wonders every few steps!  Truly, there was just so much to see and explore.  The birds sang around us, fungus upon trees were there to be touched, explored, discovered. ( the polypores that we touched are not poisonous), and beans that were in, on, and smashed upon the earth. We found incredible dirt and finally they found a spot that was familiar and we began to explore.  It had a bench that they all liked.  I instantly went to see if there were any frogs or treasures right by the waters edge.  Everett, Nico and Thea followed me and the others followed them. However, the others never made it through the adventure I took them on which was crawling through the low branched trees and Cat tails.  Those of us who made it to the other side and back on top of the trail then snuck around to the others.  They really liked sneaking up on their friends to say, Hey, look at us!!  The others couldn’t figure out how we got there.  Everett then showed Theron and Jai where he went and then Everett and Theron played a good part of the rest of the day together.
They found some stones on the side of the trail that they were REALLY liking to break off. However, it was a part of the Earth that was holding up a big Doug Fir tree.  It seemed best if they dug something less tenuous then this so, I directed them over to another spot and there they dug at the dirt and stones with great delight for almost the rest of our time there.  Then, Nico found the sand near where they were digging and it was so soft so he began playing peacefully with this.  Jai and Velia had an upset about a Cat tail. This was brought to a place of understanding and peace.  Jai and I went up the hill to gather materials and make a fairy house.  Hana, Velia and Ariel joined in and Thea joined her brother. Then we all were building together and Thea and Nico started to bury Linsey’s feet with this fine dirt.  Shoes went off to feel this wonderful soil.  Everett and Theron were bringing their darker dirt over to the lighter dirt and that was fun to see.  Round and round sharing and playing in different configurations until we had to find our way back home.
As we were walking down the steep path to the bus, Everett, Theron and Velia were the last ones while the others were a bit in front with Linsey. I turned to see how they were and Velia said ” Oh everyone is fine. I am taking care of them’ or something very similar to that.  It was lovely.  And then, off to the bus we went.

Waxing half Moon
Lake Lagunitas
What is your favorite season of the year?

Theron wasn’t with us because he was a bit sick today.  In truth, about half of the children were coughing and filled with mucous and such.  The change of weather often times gets us caught off guard.  And, it turns out, that the Zoo Key from last week and all it’s upset that came with it, really WAS Hanna’s.  Julian came today very excited because HE got a Zoo key this past weekend and was quite happy with it!
They bustled in the bus without event, stuffed animals handed out and off we went to a day that was truly magickal, wonder filled and a day of settling in to routine with ease and grace.
Snack did not go over well as it was stuffed dates with cream cheese and Walnuts. It seems that the children, accept a couple, do not like such things as this.  Linsey and I on the other hand were just FINE with the snack.
They learned a new song, a directional song, that will be sung every day. It is a song that gives thanks and honor to each of the “Houses” that Grandfather Sun walks through each day (East, South, West, North) plus Above, Below and, my favorite, the Heart that Holds It All Together. the words are thus:
East oh East we Love you so, bright and beautiful here we go…
South oh south your light so bright, as we walk with day time sight…
West oh west the day does end, thankful dreaming through the night…
North oh North so cold and wise, Earth and Elders as our guides…
Up above you protect us so…
Earth below you help us grow..
Here is our heart with out it oh we could not laugh or giggle or grow!!
After each sentence we give a bit of corn meal to the direction ending up giving ourselves some, like a self blessing!
Our story was about the same two children, a boy and a girl who go on an adventure that Grandma sends them on. She gives them a bag filled with beans that they are to place every now and then along the path in order to find their way back home.  They sing Twinkle, Twinkle little start two times and then put some beans down.
However, before circle, when we first got there,they found “blue flowers.”  Those blue plastic things that stick out of the ground as if they grew from the Earth. The children found SOO many of these and were running all over looking for them. This may seem like such a simple thing yet, it is filled with: excitement, curiosity, enthusiasm, focused attention and intent, the ability to track, problem solving and fact finding .  Tracking is just like reading as you are putting symbols, and shapes together to create meaning.  We then found water in the creek that WAS NOT MOVING!!!! But why??? and, “did you hear that sound?”  ” It sounds like water running.”  “Where is that coming from?”  And off we went to find the source.  They found it and half went down to explore the teeny waterfall and the other children were with Linsey at the place where the water made a little creek. In that little creek was a California Newt.  With muddy hands ready, because that is what you do when you are about to hold a California Newt ( for it’s protection from our hands) most of the children held this treausre with GLEE!
After this and story/snack time we began our own bean dropping adventure.   On the way to our place that was described in the story, we came across wonders of the natural world.  the children found loose boards on the deck and metal things to pull, birds to listen to, things in the water that didn’t make sense to them and their legs that liked to RUNNNNNN.  Linsey, Arel, Jai, Hana, Velia, Nico and Thea found Dog tracks, Deer Tracks and LINSEY TRACKS!
Julian, Enzo and I were walking along the trail and there, right in front of us was an OTTER! yes, an otter came down from the hill and stood in the trail looking a bit caught and not knowing where to go.  Someone made a little movement and it went down the hill. We were so excited so Julian and Enzo ran to tell Linsey and the children. As we were walking back past where we saw it I heard rustling in the bushes down below and saw lot’s of squirelly movement then, splash, in the water and then I looked out and I saw TWO otters swimming, swimming.  I did all I could to help the children there see them but I do not think they did.  They are learning what to look for in the way that when I showed them a Woodpecker in the tree they weren’t sure what they were looking at.  Julian however knew all about the flight and pattern of flight that the Turkey Vulture has and pointed that out to us.
The bean bag was passed around to many to drop upon the ground but it was Hana who enjoyed it the most and wanted to be the one to drop the beans often.  Julian found the bridge that we were looking for first and then we all made it  to a beautiful spot to be in for the rest of our day.
Julian building, Enzo joining both having FUN!
other children coming in and out and helping with this.
Thea and Nico loving and continuing to gather burnt redwood tree for paint and for something we need it for for Halloween.
Enzo, also, was scrapping the trunk for black paint
Jai too was scrapping as well as building
Hana and Ariel were making a fairy house with me, on their own and playing with everyone on and off.
Velia was doing all of the above as well.
We all moved in and out of different groups and then, we saw it:  A beautiful Buck very, very quietly drinking water on the other side of the bridge from us.  They creeped up like in the story last week, sat down to be very still in hopes that we could watch it for awhile.  But there still was just a bit too much noise for this buck so he moved on and the children went back to play.

By the time it was time to leave they were all settling in so nicely and all were together playing.  This is very common. They packed up easily and off we went with a beautiful walk back tracking our beans to make sure we were always on the right pathl

Roy’s Redwoods
Waning Crescent Moon

Question of the day: What was the first natural sound you heard when you woke up today?

Indian Summer is here this week,  it seems. Hot by afternoon yet cool in the morning.  All the children were ready to go with the weather, the day, the adventure.  There was no trouble getting in the bus and traveling off together after having spent the first day with Mom’s and Dad’s.  Nico’s Mom was beautiful with how she came yet aided him so beautifully with feeling safe and loved all the while giving him such space to connect to the program. Yeah and thank you!!
We started our circle in a different place then the first day and it was fun with songs, a new song to aid learning each others names, story, snack with their new bowls made by their parents and them, and then…..Off to explore.  We didn’t need to go far as there was a dry creek right behind us. Here was where  we wound up building a great and beautiful home.
All of them worked together to build this beautiful home away from home.  It was deeply delightful to see how they solicitied each others help as they pulled, tugged, dragged, carried and placed all the building materials. Some of them made a very cozy bed inside with debrie/leaves and forest floor materials.   In the midst of all of that happening there was a grand and strongly invitational run up and down the sides of the creek from one side to the next that most took part in.  We ran up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down and……  in the midst of that Nico and Thea thought that if we ran hard and pushed hard we could push and then bring over this VERY LARGE LOG!!!! But alas, even with all the help from most everyone that just wasn’t able to happen. Amazing effort though!!!
At about 11 o’clock there were many children saying, “I’m hungry. Can we eat?”  And,” Of course we can eat” was the reply.  We circled up together, said our new gratitude verse and ate up we did.
Another adventure was ready to be had after putting all food stuff away so off we went in a different direction then Tuesday in order to find where that place might be?  We were looking for clues of horses, as we saw a horse being ridden earlier and Velia REALLY wanted to find the horse.  Hana was VERY upset that she couldn’t have Ariel’s zoo key and insisted that it was hers. She was willing, after a time, to see if we could find another key out in the woods, and the rest were looking for the house that Julian, Jai and Theron had made on Tuesday.
Down the trail we went until we came across a wonderful and inticing circle of Redwood trees with burnt out insides that said, “Check me out!”  I checked them out first for Yellow Jackets nest that a few years ago I found. All clear and then down all went but Julian, Velia and I.  The rest painted themselves like before and came back “Black as night.”
As we explored they started to get scared and thought that we might be lost. I led them into a great deal of “mapping” though they would not know that, which is perfect.  We noticed where the sounds of the cars were, pointed often to where we thought the bus was. They knew that the bus was on the road so if we heard cars and if we got lost we could go in that direction.  We looked to see what on the ground really looks like a trail and what makes a trail look like a trail.  We found great logs with wonderful Polypores/fungus/ shelf mushrooms on our adventure and then finally, finally, finally, WE FOUND THE HOUSE THAT WAS BUILT ON TUESDAY!!!!  We weren’t lost!
After a while I could tell that they were really getting tired from such a full day of being completely outside.  Some of them layed on the ground with me to view the sky world and the trees above while others played, made fairy houses and struggled over whose stick belonged to whom.
Earlier I told a story about the little Ginger Bread Man and then showed them how the Fox walks so quietly. This was  an intro to the many days of learning we will have on how to walk as quietly as a fox  upon the Earth.
We found our way back and they were able to rest in the comfort of a kind chair and a stuffed animal to caress.
And Theron, whose name has not yet been mentioned,  showed no signs ,like on Tuesday, of being too tired to walk back and joyfully did so!
However, though they all were getting tired at the end of the day, they remembered the swinging trees and REALLY wanted to go back on them.  We made it back with the promise that we will come back again and again…….