Tag Archive for: Marin Wednesday 2015-2016

Waning Crescent Moon
Bon Tempe

Kuba was away to Hawaii and Linda was out sick.
We sent them love and warmth and they were missed!
However, we spent the day gloriously basking in the warm Sun’s Rays and exploring a new place.
The really great high lights were deep observation of a Great White Egret, many turtles, bugs, water, concentric rings and different sounds that came from throwing different shapes and sizes into the lake and looking, looking for all the fresh and new Poison Oak buds!
Isabella and Eli were having the time of their lives being mischievous and raucous.  Ruby was involved in seeing the small wonders at every turn and LOVING playing in water. Kai was relearning how to play in ways that others would like and communicating what he really wants, and Eli, Isabella and Kai were really liking pushing others yet NONE of them liked BEING pushed. Hmmm, isn’t that something!? 🙂
The day was truly filled with a lot of social and very gentle conflict resolution. It went so beautifully too!  Their communication skills and willingness to hear each other and respond with kindness was probably the best I have ever seen.  Your children are so very sweet and so very kind and so very developmentally on target.  The entire day was just tender!
We went on a journey to see the turtles but as we approached they popped off their log and went away. We decided to just sit there and eat lunch hoping that the turtles would then come back. We spent a long time very engaged with watching how and when the turtles would come back. We wondered if they got scared from sound, movement or both so we did a lot of experimenting to see.   Isabella really wanted to see if she could scare them away.   They then found a puddle and Ruby mostly, was VERY excited about this. She finally just let herself fall right into it with great glee!
When we walked back we found another beautiful spot with many more turtles to look at much farther away across the lake.  We sat down there and then started to play many games. One of them was them becoming turtles. Every time I would come by them in a way that was scarey to them they would cover their heads and when they felt safe they would come out.  This then turned into races being slow turtles and then many other animals. Eli and Isabella wanted to go fast while Ruby and Kai wanted to go slow.  Then they all wound up going slow.   There was a good amount of playing the pushing game:  They take their hands and push up against mine to see if they could push me over.  Well they finally just all piled on me!
The true highlights of the day from my perspective was the amount of unawares intense observation of the natural world that was actually going on all in play.  It was profound and glorious and the day was just plain fun!

Waxing Crescent Moon
Lake Lagunitas

WOW!! Spring is showing itself all around here on the Earth with little buds, catkins all around, lizards happily running about and your children sprouting into new developmental growth and maturity.  They are all clearly not only bonding well but maturing and growing towards 4.
Kai came with an on going flow of joy, fun, enthusiasm, delight and completely immersed in the child state of awe, wonder and IMAGINATION!  He was a Tyrannosaurus Rex.   Eli comes on the bus with complete ease now and was in joy all day playing. He too is immersed in the state of beautiful innocence and imagination.  He KNEW that Kai was a Dinosaur and so did Ruby.  Isabella has been talking a lot for awhile now but the quality is more alive, available and everyday more joyous as she plays with her Tender Tracks friend with such grand freedom.  And Kuba, he was truly playing with the children today and they were entranced by his creative and inventive self.
Driving to the Lakes he had two puppets that he was creating a sort of puppet show.  The children had such a fun time with this!!!!   He also is very skilled with things such as tying knots, truly, building and creating something from nothing. He took a cucumber, poked two holes in it, put a leaf on top, threaded the string through the two holes and then figured out, with only a small amount of help, how to attach a pine cone to the bottom.  I suggested he take a stone to use  to smooth out his stick and he did with great focus.  Even older children have a hard time with this but not Kuba.
Right when we got there they went to the big horse trough filled with water and played and then found the fairy house. It was stil there!!  I do not think we have visited here since right before Thanksgiving break so what a joy to still see it there.
Circle time was fun with Heart cookies and hot coconut carob drink.  The story was brining us into making gifts for the mice and birds. After circle Ruby started us all into  long games of Hide and Go seek. This was more fun then ever!  They really hid in the best spots and truly stayed hidden!!!!  The best was when they all huddled together being ever so quiet while Linda and I searched for them.  Kuba was amazing as he would sit with his eyes closed just BEING with the elements of life. Ruby took his lead on that and did the same.  We played this for quite a while and then went on a search for cones.  It didn’t take us long until we found some very near where we found a lot of deer tracks.
We gathered and then made it to the lake that is exposed to the Sun.  It was here that such beauty unfolded. They immediately settled in, relaxed and deeply enjoyed the peaceful state of being there.   Kai, Isabella and I played for awhile with throwing stones into the water. Isabella was in great delight when she exclaimed “They make circles!!!!”  She moved from my side and sat next to Kai and the two of them threw stones in, talked about what they were doing and just chatted with each other quietly and peacefully. They then would sat there in silence just being together.  Can you get any better!!!!????
The rest were with Linda throwing logs in the water and watching and listening to what happened when they did that.  Linda found some long catkins and wondered how they got there.  There were no trees above us that had those. I looked around and saw some trees far away. She and Eli then went to explore this and came back with a lot for everyone to explore. Now, can you guess what tree this came from?  It was found next to the lake to the south, southwest of the Lake Lagunitas Parking lot.

Kuba wanted a long stick so he and I went in search. I found one for him but it needed some sawing so we brought it back to saw. Kai liked that as well as Isabella so then the three of us went in search and came back with more branches to saw. Isabella’s stick was being eaten by what looked like termites and that was really interesting!

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They all helped hold the sticks down with their feet while I sawed and taught them a bit about safety circles when someone is using a knife or saw.
Eli then found a great house that they all played in. Ruby was “looking for the children,” Eli was making tea for us and Isabella was making something to eat.  Kuba was working on his stick and Kai was a devout Tyrannosaurus Rex.  He sat down just gazing at the water and began talking to me. He said that Tyrannosaurus Rex’s don’t like the sun.  They like it cold just like where he was sitting.  I asked what happens if they go in the sun and he said “They die.”
As we were getting ready to leave he went in the children’s house with a big roar. The children said that that was too loud. He didn’t want to stop so they left. Isabella said that he could have the house and they would take another one. Then as we were walking back She and Eli said that he can’t make that sound in the bus and he would have to stay here.  Eli was talking with him exactly as if he truly was a dinosaur. When Kai heard them say he would have to stay there he truly believed them and then said, I won’t make big sounds in the bus and then Isabella said, matter a factly, “Well, then you can come in.” He  said “ok.” His body showed signs of relief and then,  that was that.
Ruby found water and because it was the end of the day she just went for it in ABSOLUTE ecstasy. All day she would go by the water as if she were a Selkie wishing she had her skin to just put on and go off forever into the waters.
When we got in the bus they really really wanted us to draw the “Pictures of the day” and so we did. We named the things we saw like the Comorants, and the gifts we made for the birds, the wood peckers and the water.
We were also making guesses about the weather throughout the day and looking at the sky alot and the clouds.

Waning Moon
Lake Laguintas

All the children were here and we had a potential new student visit with his mom and four month old baby sister.  They were very, very sweet.  The children welcomed them in with some quizical looks as well as kindness and curiosity.
When we got to Lake Lagunitas it was colder then we were expecting. We had our circle which was very fine yet wanted to find a warmer place for the rest of the day.  The story was more adventures with Little Tommy Tittle Mouse and how he discovered that it is now Midwinter and Spring really is going to be coming. A birdy came to show him the new green shoots out of the ground and the just beginning buds on trees. Today we too went to go look for those things but, interestingly enough, we did not find that. We did however, find the Kingfisher, the Woodpeckers, Comorants yet the turtles seemed to still be sleeping deep inside the lake.  The waterfall was flowing but less then when we were last here. Kuba, Isabella and Eli all went down with me UNDER the water fall and discovered not only was it fun but they got a teeny bit wet too!
Kai and Ruby did not want to go under it and stayed up above watching us. Our new friend Henry was doing a great job of mingling then going into his own explorations. He is about the age your children were 4 to 7 months ago and it shows. It was fun to remember what they were like not so long ago.  He is quite verbal though and very friendly.
Kai was in great spirits today and laughing a lot. He, Isabella and Eli are quite the buddies. Ruby is beginning to join in and leaving a bit, though we hope not forever, her dreamy, dreamy and lovely place that she lives in and Kuba still loves his adult company. The children bring him in as much as they can yet he still prefers grown ups.  However, he led us up the hill that we began our journey on and Eli said “Follow Kuba!”  Kai said he didn’t want to go on an adventure so I said we weren’t but we were just going to go find the Sun ( actuallly true) he laughed, said ok and then it seemed later on that he knew, somewhere in him, that it was all about semantics.  Kuba, Kai and Eli wanted to throw things into the rushing waterfall again like we have done in the past so, we did.   Then Isabella, Ruby, Kuba and  I went down the trail.  There we found some very yummy chickweed to  Image result for picture of chickweedeat.   They loved it. After awhile the rest of them all came over and we gave them some of our treats from the Earth.  They got to see how hair only grows on one side of the stem too!   Then, down the trail we went to find a sunny place to settle down in for the rest of the day. But, oh dear, that just did not happen. We did however find our old spot that we loved and they remembered many things about it.   There was encouragement to stay out of the water and that was tough for Kai and Ruby.  But for today we did the horrrible deed of keeping them out of the water.   It seems like a sin but Ruby had been sick and it was getting very cold outside.
Their tummies were asking for lunch so two wanted to sit near the water and the rest up the hill where a little sun was.  We always sit together and , in the end, that is exactly what happened.  It was so very, very sweet as we, before we ate, drank in the colors of our food and smelled our food.  Henry’s bagel smelled so good and everyone wanted to smell it so he walked around to everyone so they could.  I brought out a new story to read and the book Nimby that they LOVE!!!!  I read both and all the while the cloud world was getting darker and darker and darker.  It was great because that went right along with the Nimby story and looking up.  We heard the wood peckers and saw the ducks swimming on the waters.  We got silent on and off to hear the beautiful sounds around us.
This day was sweet and gentle, energetic and fun.
I forgot to say that after snack and before our walk about, we played hide and go seek, and ran into the grand Redwood little house. Eli in particular loved this!!!
Isabella was just plain fun, happy, and in delight all day playing with her friends as well as Kai. Ruby was her warm self and when we got near the lake however, it did take a little plain removel of her from the water as she was about to, several times, just walk right in it. I think maybe she is really a Selkie!
The four month old was crying when it got it’s diaper changed and they all were very, very curious about that.  We waited to hear if she would really stop crying when getting her diaper changed stopped. Sure enough it did. Their listening and observing skills were peaked so often throughout the day.  And when we got back in the bus it was fun to draw the story of the day from all the things that they and/or we remembered.