May 25, 2017
New Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Jake was absent.

What a glorious day.  I wanted to come back here so the children could look at the baby Dark Eyed Junco’s nest again and see how the babies have grown. There are four now!!

What was most visible was their yellow mouths. That is what Jesse remembered at the end of the day as we shared our story of the day. If you stayed long enough you could see a little black eye open and close now and again too. The Parents were not there as much as they were the very first day the little ones were born but they came after a bit and gave their LOUD alarms and we gently moved on.

Ruby and Isabella went straight to playing house and the boys went straight to….PLAYING.  They wanted to go back to their game of being Woodpecker family and such.  We then called them into circle. There I read a book, with a bit of my own twist called King of the Birds.  The gist of the story was about how birds learned to work together and why they all live in different places.  It seemed appropriate for some of the themes that have been arising in their play as well as noticing so many birds.
When we are on the bus in the morning passing out the Stuffed animals there are three that “sing.”  The children used to say they were the noise makers. I have been guiding them to not only hear the song these stuffed animals sing but to also try and imitate them. Working with softly expanding their hearing of the sounds and nuances of these sounds.

On our way right before we got to the parking lot there were MANY bucks with their spring time soft and fuzzy antlers growing. We pulled the bus over and got out so we could see them better. We had to walk ever so slowly and quietly so we would not disturb them.  It was fun to see how aware the Deer were and how they can hear so well by way of their instant response to our movements. We then got back in the bus and went to our parking spot.

After circle we got ready to go on our adventure back to a favorite spot.  Actually when we began walking into this favorite spot Ruby said “I LOVE this place!!!”  And it was evident as they all rushed to the Lake’s edge and found so many, many, many little fish. There were no tadpoles here like there were last year but there were lot’s of fish and they tried to gather some of them, to no avail. 🙂

After lunch Archer and Michelle wandered and found some small scorpions under logs as well as some newts. Archer came running to get us. The boys wound up being over there while the girls were very busy playing their games but then went over to check it out.

This was a day to enjoy this spot and give it our gratitude.
We were blessed at lunch with a small and brave little Redwing Blackbird that came very close to us. It would circle around us at lunch time, not getting to close yet being very close. It was eating the seeds on the ground and being ever so friendly.   Some of the children tried to push it away thinking it would hurt us yet, with gentle coaching, it was clear that this little bird would not hurt us nor EAT US!!!  It did however give us it’s beautiful voice.

We needed to go back a little early so that Kuba could get picked up to go to a Kindergarten day.  This was great because we got to draw our story of the day which they loved. Michelle is a great one to draw and the children shared the many stories of the day and all the animals we saw and games that we played.  They do love this so….

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