September 27, 2018
Another wonder filled day at Lake Lagunitas. The weather was easy and gentle which matched the days flow and movements.
Each day we add something to the flow that will become either our Core Routine or basic routine. For example, we added washing the snack dishes. This is not a core routine as we will not always be able to do this however, it will be something that will happen with regularity throughout the year. This is the same for the end of the day pictures that are drawn on the buses black board. This happens often but not every time we get together.
A core routine, that which happens every day is: Circle, songs, story, snack, adventure (near or far), back to bus and good bye song. Please note however that, dependening on weather, it does not always LOOK exactly the same but the events happen.
So, on this day we had our circle with our story from Tuesday only they helped tell it and we all played the game as/during the story. The girls are gravitating more towards the excitement of playing the game and singing the songs. Once circle is over the boys rush off to play THEIR games. At the current moment, Eamon, in particular, is filled with Storm Troopers. Before he and Holden and Theo were able to leave the circle I just had to ask all about these “Storm Troopers.” Who are they? Where do they live? What do they do? Are they “good guys, or bad guys?” And, How do they eat and, how do they POOP??? Well this last question was the clincher as, there was no answer to that! 🙂 So, with a big laugh and a smile, they ran away.
They are clearly working with feeling what it is like to be the good guy and the bad guy, how to save and protect, how to destroy, be powerful all in the wonderful world of play. Play is the place where you can enact all things and be safe. FYI: You know you are not in play if any one does NOT feel safe. And, they were all having fun and not feeling the harm of anything.
Theo spent time with the boys and a lot of time with Luna. He and Luna are really enjoying one another. They sit on the bus together and play with each other outside. So, he goes back and forth between the boys and Luna and/or the girls.
We were dying and cutting material today to then put in the Redwood Cone dye vat to see what would happen. At some point in the day they all tried out the scissors and cutting white cloth. The girls liked doing this the most, then Theo then Holden and Eamon came in for a bit later on. They all helped with washing the buckets and filling them up with water and then filtering the cones into them. Luna continued to gather cones with Ruby and on and off some of the others.
Uma and Ellie LOVED washing the snack dishes in our washing buckets and little wash towels. They then put the dishes in the small dish rack that we had there for them. We brought warm water and soap to put in the warm water and a cold wash tub for rinsing. What fun!!
We played Bandaid Tag and they really liked playing the game where I am Coyote or Owl and they get chased to be eaten. Uma, Luna and Ellie liked being the baby Owls mostly though. Josie is exceptionally good at letting people know what she likes and doesn’t like during play and it is QUITE helpful for all, so clear!
Ruby had all the children but Uma and Ellie when the dishwashing was happening over by the little creeklet near the parking lot. They found MUD over there and oh my, oh my WHAT FUN THEY ALL HAD!! They turned into amazing mud babies! They did like throwing the mud at each other however, that was redirected to a fine tree that received the mud with out trouble to eyes and such. They painted themselves with the mud and walked in it, threw it, made handprints out of it and painted with it. They just had a plain old GRAND time of it!
And so we never left our spot because there was just too much fun going on in this one wonderland of joy right where we were!!
At lunch they all cleaned up at the water spicot to go eat. However, before hand Uma donated some meat from her lunch to get the Yellow Jackets busy before we even got there. When we set up for lunch the yellow jackets had begun to already eat. They checked us out still but finally fully settled into their lunch while we ate ours. There was a nother place we set up for them. After lunch I made a little barrier so the children would not run and step on them as they blended in so well to the earth.
At the end of the day we pilled in the bus, sang our good byes, offered our thank yous and off we went back to find all of you!!