Day after Full Moon

Zara, Eden and Serena gone today.  The first two gone due to my SHINGLES!!!

Another absolutely sweet, easy, congruent, loving day.  Everyone was alive, bright and unified with peace.
We had a gentle circle and then went on an adventure to find on going relief from the heat that came about in direct sun.  We were indeed protected all day as we stayed under the trees and went further into them and stayed there all day.
They found our traditional spot with ease and loved finding the spot where it gets cooler with just one step. Why?  The trees!!!  There was much gratitude for their gift in life at the end of the day.
Jill was put into “jail” and it turned out to be so lovely in there. She was guided to the Big Redwood with a big “nest” in it. There she was fed and tended to as she got to rest and look up at the grandeur of the tree’s magnificence.  I sat with Finn, Ridham and on again off again Juliette playing fun games and building structures with sticks.  Juliette was delighted to find more treasures on the ground that she has found in the past.  Most of them discovered going down a steep slippy sliddey to the creek and eventually the rest of us found our way to them.
After exploring up the dry creek though, oh yes, they all found a little pool of water, most went up the creek. Finn, Ridham, Juliette and I stayed.  We wound up playing musical games first with two sticks and then on stumps.  I would play a song on the sticks and they would have to guess what song I was playing. Juliette was remarkable!  Then Ridham played elaborate songs that even he could not remember their names so we never got them. All the while Finn was making Eucalyptus shavings for fire making.
The others came back after their wonderful adventure up stream where they found a small culvert sticking out of the earth.
Finn, Juliette and Ridham wound up going off with Jill while Julian and Cole stayed with me.  Julian was REALLY into making music and Cole was too. However, Julian kept us going and, in the end, we created a marvelous song that Julian insisted we share with the group, and we did!
There was a great deal that took place yet these were some of the highlights.

Crescent Waxing Moon
Denise Martins Creek

Serena still gone until next week.
Today, absolutely lovely, peaceful, full of vitality, group cohesion and play, pleasantries, creativity and many thank you’s for the joy of the day.
We had such a great time.  Circle time was long and fun as we got new jobs, took the weather and wound up hearing a story from something they did to  remind me of: The Wide Mouthed Frog. A very funny story. Though I couln’dt remember it all I remembered enough to make it very funny.  Then, off we went.
They love getting landmarks to run to and find and so, that is exactly what they did until we found our place.
Instantly Cole, Zac, Julian, and Juliette went down to the water. There they found GREAT MUD and began, for at least an hour and a half, to make Clay coins and “helmets” to sell.  They sold them for more flat mud coins, pretend animals and more.  While they were down there with Jill I was with Zara, Eden, Finn and Ridham.   I told them several stories and then we gathered sticks.  “What are they for?” asked the children. “Oh, that is a surprise.”  “Are we going to use them today?” asked Zara.  “Oh no,” said I,” They are for a special time.”    I then brought out special canvas bags and traced their feet and hands on one side along with their name.  They picked out all the colors.  Finn wanted to do it later.  Juliette came up and I did her feet and hands.  Later she stayed up with us and Eden went down with the others.
The others came up for lunch then all but Zara and Finn went back down again.  Down below we made lot’s of mud concoctions and tried to make the biggest ball with all the mud.  I was carving sticks and needed a stone to help scrape them clean and smooth.  Cole and Juliette found me some great stones for this.
There were now two stores to “sell” their wares.  Julian told Eden that she could have the store he had as no one was really buying anything from theirs.
There was so much sharing with each other and moving in and out of their games.  Zara, Finn and Jill had a grand time.  Finn and Zara found a piece of glass in the ground and together they dug it out though Finn worked most dilitently and dug deep to get it out. He then left them and Zara and Jill had the sweetest time together.
Each one of them has grown so much and today it was extremely visible.  Each one in their own radiant way. It is so very much fun to see their growth, expansion, development and unity with all.
Back in the bus before we left the Map Makers, who are also the Story of the Day tellers, shared with us one story of the day that was significant for them. The children then  asked them questions,  clarifying questions, about their story.  Finn and Eden were the story tellers and it was MARVELOUS to hear not only the stories that they chose to tell but the very difinitive, inquisitive and meaningful questions that were asked.  Then we sang our good bye song and they had double rounds of thank you’s as we drove away.

Waxing Moon
Thornwood Open Space Preserve

What an incredible and full day.  We have not gone here in a while and since the year is coming to a close it is time to revisit all of our generous and wonderful places that we have spent time with.
As is always the case here, the children listen to the “song line”/land mark descriptions/story and run to find them. After a need to make sure we all stayed close enough by for safety,comfort and coming back when called, the rest of the day went exceptionally! well.   They loved hearing the descriptions and then runnninggg to find the next spot.  They were amazing with how they got it each time.  They needed to watch and hear how the trail went, the story that went with the description and looking for clues that would help them find each spot.  Zac was quite skilled at this and loved finding them straight away.  When we went to Rabbit Run, the place where, if you are very quiet you might see a Cotton tail, they all were silent… silent.  We found many of the rabbit escape routes off the trail and had fun finding so many of them.
We ate fresh bright green Doug Fir tips  and we even ate young spring Thistle, after the thorns got scrapped off.
When we finally made it to our destination they quietly went down the trail to our spot. There they found the beginning of a shelter and that was fun to behold.   I scampered up a tree and, as desired, they followed suite.  Each one of them figuring out how to climb up the Redwood Tree and then slide down by holding onto a branch above, down down until they reached the forest floor.
Zac discovered some GREAT mud and we heard him call to Finn. Then Cole called to Finn to come and walked over to get him. They all know that Finn is the “Mud King” and can really make the best and most round and smooth mud balls ever!  It was so delightful to hear them call him because they knew he would love the mud.  And, he did.
Eden, Ridham and Zara were still climbing the tree while Jill was with the other children in the mud.  The rest of us finally went over to the mud and we all made beautiful mud balls, birds nests and “snow men.”
The rest of the day was filled with different groupings. I believe Zac started the group with Cole and Juliette and Julian going up a big hill and then coming down to get their lunches to eat up top.
The rest were down below eating or climbing.  One by one they all made it to the top, which is no small feat.
Cole found a fluffing out Cat Tail. Juliette wanted to find one. It is a bit out of season but I said, let’s go and I will take you to where some might be.  I also wanted to take them on a great and fun adventure.
At first it was just Juliette and Cole then everyone, accept Zara and Eden, went  on this adventure.   We wound up, climbing down hills on small trails, finding Cattails that were too deep in water, feeling the sprinkling of the gentle rain drops on us, finding the other side of the pond and then having to climb down, over, under and through trees, logs, branches, bushes until they, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?, find Jill, Zara and Eden!
They were thrilled.
Meanwhile, Eden and Zara were having a GRAND time climbing up and up the Redwood Tree with Jill.
When it was time to go there were definetly words of” NO, why do we have to go?”  However, they got it all together and we made our way up the trail.  Now their task was to find the land marks, Backwards!!!
With help and story reminders they found them all and whoosh away they all went at their own paces.
We actually got back in plenty of time to really be with our gratitudes of the day, and they were abundant and carried on for the first part of the drive back.