Tag Archive for: Marin Tues/Thurs 2014-2015

Waning Gibbous Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Today was a very unique day as the natural world was visiting us in some of the most beautiful and warming ways along with explorative joy, walking with pushing, shoving and struggling as well as playing together, and discovering wonderful things. It was a full and rich day with curious interpersonal challenges for the children. Enzo however showed incredible maturity as all he wanted to do was joyfully play so if anyone gave him an unpleasant action he simply stated what he wanted, went to one of us adults and or removed himself.  Ariel seemed mainly tired yet had no upset towards others.  Velia was filled with pushing yet when rerouted to just hugging me she went for that and when Michelle offered her other options that would bring more ease and kindness she got it and went for that.  Nico was playing, as he has been, more and more with the boys yet was very pushy with his sister and the girls along with Julian and Theron.  At one point Theron was pushing Julian and Julian was very calm. He pushed Theron back, Theron got upset and Julian said ” well you pushed me so I pushed you back.’ At which point Theron just said, “Oh” in a tone of, well that makes sense and I won’t do it again then.
They were all working things out and it just was very curious to Michelle and I as to what was really going on on our first day back from Holiday.
As she noticed with her children, who just had a lot of transitions from holiday activities, the challenges can show up in all manner of ways and this could very well have been what was going on.
Because of just coming back from being away from each other I chose specifically to go to our very familiar place, Lake Lagunitas for familiarity. When we got there Theron stated very clearly how I had made a wrong choice. At the end of the day he was VERY upset that we were leaving.  When I easefully reminded him what he said in the morning and how now he doesn’t want to go he gave the most beautiful, playful and understanding smile. It appeared to help him get up and move toward the bus to go home.
And now, back to the beginning of the day.   They all ran out to play and then Velia and Hana had to poop so, since the potty wasn’t with us today we went to the port a potties and all was well.  Ariel joined us.
The girls really like to watch each other poop and see what it looks like.
We had circle with a wonderful sequential tale called One Fine Day by  Hogrogian, Nonny.  You can find this in the Marin Library system.
It is sequential  type story which led them into a treasure hunt where they needed to find cards with plant pictures on them so that we could hopefully find these plants along our walk for the day.|
They were laminated with string to hang them around their necks.  Hana was really into these and looked throughout the day to find the plants that matched her card.  Velia loved them to as well as Julian. Julian did find his plant right as we started our walk. It was the plant Horsetail. You can   go to this website to see some of the photos of it and maybe you will recognize it: http://www.ediblewildfood.com/horsetail.aspx
Our intention was to also find the Cattails and see if we could harvest some but alas, some women were sitting right in the spot we were to go to so we went a little further.  No Cattails there but there was water and a board where they could make “Chocolate Milk” like they did when we went to Tara Firma farms.

We played here for the rest of the day making fishing poles,finding things to make as the anchors on them, finding plants and, they found several Dragonfly empty nymph bodies.  Velia kept asking “is it real, is it real?”
The wonderful nature connections were:
Enzo was stalking in a Redwood grove when Michelle heard the Dark Eyed Juncos sending out Alarm calls.  She wondered if it was a scared Mother as it sounded that way. Enzo stopped and right there in front of him was a nest with four little blue eggs. The Mother had flown off so Enzo, Theron, Julian, Thea and Nico got to see this.  Michelle had taken some pictures and during circle we got to see this.  The rest of us wanted to go see it but we needed to let the Momma come back to continue taking care of her eggs.  Michelle checked at the end of the day and the Momma did come back. Phew!  During circle a Momma Junco circled and  circled us. While I was telling the story Michelle got right up to her and almost fed her straight out of her hand.  There were young juvenille juncos giving their Begging call right near us as well.
When we began our journey and right before Julian found his plant, Horse tail, there was a Mother Turkey and her little ones going up the hill next to us. We watched for quite a while.  All day we were surrounded by bursting Spring from plants, birds, bugs and air.
A full and rich day with vibrant expressions.

Waxing Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Lisa Doron came to be with us today, the Sun shone beautifully for us and off we went.  The intention was to go straight into an adventure due to some high energy. When we got there we all spilled out. Everett and Theron went to their place of joy immediately and the other children went straight to the creek where they found some grand treasures. Velia and I stayed in the bus until we got her shoes back on.
When we were about to take off for our adventure Everett and Theron were a bit testy about which way to go yet a redirection was able to be found. A stick that needed to be used in a different way for Theron sparked a great upset and off and running he went with great tears and upset.  The long story short is, Lisa and I took turns being with him until he found his peace inside. When it was my turn to be with the other children I read them the second of my favorite books when I was five and then we all made a very peaceful and kind decision to stay where we were for the day, bring out our tool box and adventure where we were for the sake of Theron.  Really, I don’t think it gets any better then this; being a group that is loving a friend when they have a larger need then the group.
These are the moments that I so very much enjoy.  To feel and see their hearts peacefully open with such kindness and generosity, exquisite!
And because of all of this, the day turned out to be so very, very peaceful, full, explorative and joyful.

I brought out the hammers, nails, the big book to draw pictures for Terra Firma farm to send as a thank you note and more.  Theron and Everett had a lot of fun turning into mud babies and their shoes were caught up in the pure thick of it all, LITERALLY!
One by one though they ALL came over and began hammering with all the nails and, they are getting quite responsible with putting the hammers right back where they belong!  Lisa and Julian went a little ways off and hammered together a sculpture which later Theron, Nico and Everett added to it. They then found a great spot for it and Julian, from a suggestion, began to decorate it.
Hana is a surprisingly strong and steady hammerer and  all the girls went right for the hammering as well.
They all drew great pictures in the big picture book and then we scattered.  The girls played A LOT of house, Everett and Theron were in their special world, Nico was with the boys a fair amount today as well as playing with Ariel and the other girls besides Thea.
Lisa began a game with Julian of you hide and make a sound and I’ll find you by listening to your sound and then reversing who does what.  Nico and Thea joined in with this and they played and played this game for a very long time with Lisa.
I created a Tic Tac Toe game on the ground with sticks, stones and leaves with Julian and Nico and then Everett REALLY wanted to learn how to play.  Velia came by and wanted to learn but it seemed a bit to complex for her so she went back to playing with the girls who were right next to her choosing: Now you be this and you be that…”
Earlier Julian, Theron and Everett found a very great find and they called me over to see it:  Half of a Crawdad!!  We examined it for a long time with delight.  Very peacefully Everett and Theron were exploring the creek, the girls were further down the creek playing and getting Mostly, naked down there and Julian and Lisa had a grand time exploring the water so very, very peacefully.
There was a lot of pooping that went on for Hana and Velia as they LOVE the little potty and will try their best TO poop.  They did have some it was true but they also just love sitting on that potty.  Ariel was still very clear as well as comfortable freely sharing that she prefers pooping in her diaper.
There was a lot of listening to the sounds of nature all around us, finding newts, spiders, plants, fish and tadpoles, mud, and more.  It was grand to use just what was in front of us to make games with and to see that they didn’t blink an eye at doing so.
A very lovely day.

Waxing Moon
Terra Firma Farm

Michelle is away this week so Thea, Nico and Ariel’s Mom’s came to join us.  I have wanted to check out this farm for quite a while and even though it is far away, at the moment, it seems to be the only farm around so, I set up a tour for us to go spend the day there.
But before we left we played at the rope swing and then had circle, snack and story there. Then, scurried off we went to get to our big and new adventure.
The day was filled with pigs, taking a very big walk up to a most beautiful outlook with a chicken house. There, while the chickens ran free the children got to go into the chicken house and pick warm eggs to put in cartons.  Then they walked all the way down and got to see and pet two different kinds of baby chicks. They were the sweetest ever.  There were nesting Owls that were in the barn though hard to see as the day was cloudy and overcast .  We were told that was why the animals were staying inside so much.  There were more animals to see but alas, our tour time was over and the children needed to eat so, hopefully another time. However, my dear nature friend Pete was there and he took us to a great place where his students play at a place they call Fox Circle. Here he told us how the place got it’s name and then the children got to play and play there until we had to go. It was a child’s heaven with  rope swings, a big rope to climb down the hill with, creek water, planks to walk across, fire pit and more.
It was a long drive but well worth the joy of being there.