Tag Archive for: Palo Alto Wednesday 2013-2014

Day 2
Waxing Moon
Foothills Park- The Big Meadow

Today our assistant for the year, Bosch, began his adventure  with us.  What an absolute delight he is for us all!!!  He is warm, playful, deeply connected to the Earth and Sky and very kind and fun with the children.   Thank you all for welcoming him today.  The children enjoyed him and he them.
I took us back to the same place because  I thought with a new person something familar is always supportive.
We took our time in the bus getting stuffies, then we took our time singing, playing, getting our mats out, getting our snack out and then hearing our story.  Then, there was getting extra coats from the bus because, Brother/Sister wind were quite active for a little while on this day.  Then, there was going to the Magick House/Bathroom and then finding our way down the meadow to our spot from last week.  But, OH NO!!! While I was holding Hailey’s hand and walking down the meadow she stopped and said that she got an owie on her hand.  I looked and there sticking right out was a Bee Stinger!  Her hand and the Bee must have just run into each other 🙁    Everything stopped there, the first aid kit came out, and all the children gathered round to see what was the matter and offer what they could.  They were all so very helpful.   We got situated at the tree and most of the other kids finally went off to show Bosch the edge of the pond where he pointed out some ducks.  He brought them into playing with Cat Tail fluff.  Jasper LOVED this as well as the others and they came back to share their treasures.  It took Hailey awhile for the sting to subside but after about 20 to 30 minutes, though I am not the greatest at time estimation, she joined the children and off to playing we went.
We rolled down hills, Bosch was brought into chasing games and hiding games with Jasper and  as they played more and more children wanted to play, and so they did.  Finally Nareya said, “I’m hungry. Can we eat.” so slowly they all came over and took out lunches and began to eat.  But then a rousing game of, Guess what is in my Hand began instigated by, Jasper.  The rest of the children joined in and for about 15 + minutes they all were calling out “Guess what is in my hand, guess what is in my hand?”  So, we did!  All the while there was a menacing Pink Monster up in the woods that was never clear to me if it was friend or foe so I sent them off to ask their questions to the Dragon.  It seems that the Dragon COULD guess what was in some of their hands but not others.  While this was happening Eric was delighted to be playing with a Rolly Polly creature that actually Anissa found and brought over. Eric some how got it and was completely engaged with it as it opened, closed, wiggled and waggled around in his hand.
After lunch we had a time to lay down and look at the clouds which Nareya and Aurora liked and named many things they saw but the others found something else and were all huddled up examaning something.
By the time it was time to leave they were really settling in, as is very typical, and did not want to go , but alas, we had to. But first, Bosch picked some of them up high and they got to take some bark from the Puzzle tree and then they all ran to look again at the water coming out near the pond.
Today there were animal games of being different animals, finding poop, noticing birds, trees, Big leaves and little leaves, and wondering how to get bugs from going into ones eyes.
On the way back on the bus Bosch began to play a game with them of pretending he was falling asleep.  They all laughed at this but Aurora REALLY had a lot of belly laughs and thought this was so funny.  Hailey was doing ALL THAT SHE COULD to stay awake but her eyes longed to be closed  and rest.  When I said, ” Have a good time in dream land,” she smiled and half closed her eyes.
It was  a beautiful second day.  Thank you for such wonderful children!

Sept. 10, 2013
Day 3
Waxing Moon
Dennis Martins Creek

All were here ready and ready to go.  We were celebrating Zara and Ridham’s birthday but first, settling into the bus with stuffed animals, “reading” the Moon picture and playing a nature awareness game “,”who is wearing what color shoe..?”
They had a lot of fun with all of this and then, off we went.  Both coming and going Jill played, per their request from last weeks fun, the Bird book. They each took turns calling out what they wanted and they all listened to the many fun and funny bird sounds as well as seeing the pictures and hearing the names of what the birds were.
When we got to our destination oh dear, it was much darker. Why?  Because the trees were to be our great friends throughout the day protecting us from the hot, hot Grandpa Sun’s rays.  We sang our songs, played a game of Be this Animal to the tune of my Ocarina, finished our songs, got in our circle, heard a grand Birthday story for Zara and Ridham, ate the wonderful snack they both provided for us, figs, pound cake and crackers,and then off to continue our day.
I gave them land marks to find all along the way until we made it to where we were to settle in.

Sirena, Ridham, and Jill began lunch while, Liam, Cole, Sirena ( at first), Julian and Zac went down to play with rocks, sticks and all that they created with that.   As some began to play with “guns” and such I knew that they were mightly protectors and asked if they would protect us from the “Bad Guys” that they said were coming up the creek.  They were DELIGHTED to do so.
They carried on for awhile, I left to eat lunch with the others and the rest followed not long after.
Zara and Eden made a “house” to eat in and this led everyone else into creating their homes for a lot of the rest of the day.  Each one had their own style home.
Cole went by himself after lunch down below where he started and found a very large log stuck in the side of the hill that he wanted to get out. He asked for help and I came. Then Zara and Eden came to help as well as Zac.  We all helped to lift, pull and drag this BIG piece of log up the hill and to, at first, Zara and Edens home but then he realized that he really wanted it for his home so off it went.  Ridham made a grand house that, with two sticks he spent a long time whirling and twirling to “Get the wind out of the house.”  And, “sticks are allowed in my house but not dirt” said Ridham.   Zac made a Castle that he did not want to share with others.  He had a great many “swords” and sticks in there that he liked very much.    Down the creek Juliet, Julian and Serena with Jill were making their own grand home with a fire and fish that they were fishing out of the, now dry, pond.    It was a grand time visiting each house and in the midst of this I told some funny stories.
They discovered the incredible branch swings? that are there.  You must come and see these creations that grow from, is it possible? the Redwood trees that you can swing on.
All the while they were to find sticks that were as long as their arms and as thick as their thumbs.   Eden and Zara got GIANT sticks and we laughed a lot about that.   At days end we found just the right stick and I told them what it was for: counting the days we are together and our weather stick.  At the beginning of the Day Juliet found a great feather, Owl, and we tied that on the stick, after cleaning it a bit with a sharp edged stone but, before we did this, Zac put his knee on a bee and got stung!!!!!!!  He was so brave and all the children, when they heard the upset, came straight over and were so very kind and helpful to him.  We put special medicine on him and gave him an ice pack.  He didn’t want the children too close to him and they most graciously moved the distance that he requested.
After all was said and done we had a good by circle with wonderful thank you’s about the gifts from Earth, Sky and Friends, played a teeny bit more even though they requested “90 minutes more!” and off we went to the bus and back.
Jill continued with the bird book per their request and some nodded off in sweet sleep.