May 24, 2018
Waxing Moon
Lake Alpine

We went to Lake Alpine because this was one of the places the children said they wanted to revisit during our last days of Tender Tracks.  So here we went.  They had their usual fun playing on the rock and, checking out how HIGH the water was!!!  We saw the places that, when the waters weren’t there, we could walk across, find the Newt sacs, see the turtles and more.  Now however, the waters covered it all up and new pathways were to be found.

At circle we revisited a story that was shared at the beginning of the year: How Seasons Came to Be.  And, while telling the tale, we played the game that is woven inside the story.  Now they are very able to do so and with great fun.  They shared their favorite songs and we sang those.

After circle a bit more play there and then off on an adventure.  Ruby and I thought it would be great to go and see if the turtles were on a log that we have frequented at the place where the Butterfly landed on everyone.  As we walked up there alas, there were 5 + weed wacker men blazing loudly away with their tools making the area easier to visit for all yet, SO LOUD!! Therefore, a new adventure commenced.

As we walked along the long high rise above the waters and looking down on where we thought we were going to go, we could see so many of the places that we have visited and explored throughout the year.  It was a delight to remember our adventures.  Then, they kept becoming rocks along the way and a great game of surprise, stillness, and excitement took place!!!

As we made it to the end of this long Highway Road :), there were two paths to take. Oh which one???
We took the one to the left and the one that would take us around the lake. Puma asked Avaline, ” Is this the place where you went fishing?” Avaline has shared with us often about her fishing adventure with her Dad in that area.  This was so fun to hear Puma ask her.

We walked a ways and then found a small trail that veered off the main path and was closer and surely more adventurous than the other trail until we found a spot that we truly liked. We stopped but then, another trail opened up and off they went. We then took our backpacks and set up our spot further away.  They had found a dead bird carcass and we explored that. Earlier on their adventure they had found a fisherman and conversed with him. He left, and,oh dear, was it because exuberant and alive little children came by?? Ah well, he peacefully went on his way and we explored this small area near the water.

During lunch there was great stillness at times as we took in such peace, beauty and the glory of life in at this new spot.

They found more fisher peoples line and barbs which we gathered up in one way or another.
Each one of the children are alive in their own unique way and sharing with each other the fun of being with each other.

Our adventure was fun going back as well.  Ruby, Puma and Avaline took the harder way and the rest of us went a way that we did not think was faster yet we discovered, IT WAS!!!  That was a fun discovery.  All of us were so happy to have found this new adventure never taken and the many fun spots we found to explore along the way.

When we got back we finished up a project begun on Tuesday and then, onto the bus, singing, sharing gratitudes and happy hearts all the way back.

A delightful day. And, the weather? Well, it was sunny day cloudy day sunny day cloudy day!! And, we had fun noticing it’s changes.



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May 22, 2018
Waxing Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Well, another wonder-filled day.  Typically this time of year, the end of the year days, are chaotic, loud and scattered. However, for this group that is not the case. These last few weeks have been easy, and very group oriented.  And so, that is what this day was filled with.  I will say again, their age and development is apparent as they so easily immerse themselves with greater focus and interest than in prior months.

The entire days weather was warm and easy. We were filled with cooking, beading and the usual exploring and we set up our “camp” in the Sunny Spot where the grasses were cut and all that we needed was within easy reach.

Their play with the Newts did appear to shift to a more aware state so no dead, or almost dead friends today.  Some say,  just let them kill all that they want and they will grow out of it.  After decades of exploration on this from many points of view I stand with what I shared from last week:  Role Model  support and respect to all beings great and small.

We had no story or circle today as we went straight to setting up our “kitchen” on the picnic table that was in the sun.  There the children all worked together to make the pancake batter to dip the Elderberry Flowers that we gathered last week.  We made tea from them and Fritters plus pancakes with butter and raw and fresh honey.  One by one they dipped their Elder flowers in the batter and Ruby cooked them up.

Elder berry flower image

 There was some reluctance by some to actually eat the flower that they could see in the pancake but the pancakes themselves, well there was no trouble eating those!!

After snack, they went to play for a bit and then they came back to two buckets of water. One with warm water and one cold. One for washing and one for rinsing. One with two sponges and one with out. From there they all washed all of the dishes, dumped out the water, put clean water back in and laid out their dishes on the picnic table.

And then, a request made by Avaline, I became the Monster, but, it was an Old Lady Monster. She was slow, but sneeky!  For quite sometime after I hid, made bird sounds, snuck around and they ran, hid, laughed, and went different directions as I continued my slow yet persistent part of the “game.” 🙂

Devin and Austen were coupled together and being buddies pointing me out when ever they could.  I made my way past the waterfalls and over the rocks. They followed. Devin told Austen it was really hard for him to cross there and they figured something else out, together.  Vita, Avaline and Puma went way down the creek and I finally snuck up on them but then THEY SNUCK UP ON ME!!!!  What fun!!  We then went back to lunch.

After lunch, the sun was way up with not a cloud to be seen. We had our story last week that included a blue bead and they even found beads that they got to keep.  Well, Ruby had a big box of lot’s of beads so, we brought those out for them to do something with. But oh dear, why am I sharing?  You are going to get something special soon so, no more to be said here!!!!!! And that was the rest of our lovely day and we will share more come the right time.  🙂

Back home with fun in the bus all the way back.

May 17, 2018
Waxing Moon
Sorich Ranch

Another beauty filled day with your children!  We went to Sorich and there they did there usual play and then, at circle time, we heard a story called One Fine Day. This is a story about a lovely well-meaning fox that took something he should not have and then had to find a way to return it in order to get his “tail sewn back in place.” This led the children, later on in the day, to go and search for the many items in the story that the Fox had to get and all the beings he had to encounter to help him out.  The farm had some of these items so, again, later in the day, that is where we went.

Before that, however, I had brought the charcoal that they ground one cold and cloudy day at Lake Lagunitas, to make into paint.  Two weeks ago I said that we could make paint. First they had to grind the coal from a wood burning fire that they found as finely as they could. Then we had to soak it in water. Then, I had to take this home, put it in plates and trays and let the sun drink up the water. Then, we were to take the dried substance that was left, grind it up again and then….we would have paint.  And so, that is what we did. We brought out the grinding stones that live in the bus and they ground and ground. Then they had to sift the ground up parts and get rid of the still bigger pieces of flotsam until we had as fine a powder as we were able to make. Then, here is where the fun part as well as challenging part came in, they had to open these little tins, carefully, carefully scoop the powder in and close them up.

The tins were not as easy to open as you would think. These particular little ones had a special way that Ruby finally figured out how to make it easier for the children.  They were all very proud of themselves when they could do it.  And, in the end, Puma was ELATED with himself because, as he said, the original idea of pounding the coal was his idea.  He beamed!!

After all of this and other kinds of play, though this took a while, we gathered some Elderberry flowers that were near us for something we will do the following week and then, we made our way to the farm.  There they delighted with the chickens, playing Find Me in the greenhouse and eating together in our usual spot.  I told them a great story that was inspired by the wind coming upon us in the morning.  It is called Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle.   Another theme about someone who did wrong and needed to make it right, all the while learning a great deal about why we have and need wind.

Our day was very full and alive with their 5 and one close to 5, selves.