Tender Tracks Wed. Day 30

May 8, 2019
Waxing Moon
Roy’s Redwoods

Well, I feel like a broken record and maybe not even telling the truth yet it is true, today was yet ANOTHER wonderful day with your children!  They continue to play with each other, love each other, hold hands with each other, laugh with each other and care about each other.  All Ruby and I have to do is offer what we do and they are RIGHT THERE!  Their connection to the Natural world grows with ease and enthusiasm.  They welcome new found ways to listen to the birds and animals and to find more beings that live all around us.  Each one of them grows more and more social.  The volume of the days seem to attest to that.

Three year olds at Tender Tracks are typically much more quiet. The closer they get to four the more of a voice they have that is filled with excitement, enthusiasm, lot’s of stories and words.  Today was this, filled with happy excitement and each one vying to be heard.

When we got to Roy’s they clambered out, all but Addie, Ellery and Sienna. They stayed with me in the bus while I got our snack things together. They really wanted to help so each one of them got something to carry. They were very proud and announced what they were doing when we found the group.

The group, when we found them, were all scooting across a log that was across the creek.   All the children, accept Nathan and Rohin, went to the bouncy tree. While they all were bouncing and going to MANY different lands, Nathan and Rohin helped set up circle with me.  Then, very happily they all came in.

At circle we had quite the conversation about ipads and what you do with those things and then we went into our songs. The songs all utilize their hands.  Beau said that he could not make Bunny ears, the pointer and middle finger held up like bunnies, so we tried something else. He was happy to be able to do that.  They all sang with their voice and with their hands accept Rohin and Gideon who watched intently and then tried now and again.  They are getting it yet still in the dreamier place of observation.

We then had a grand story that is categorized as a Sequential Tale. This is a story where you have on going repeating lines.  It is called :

My version includes more “nature connection” aspects yet is basically the same.  It is such a fun tale and so appropriate for this age where, sometimes they do things that they should not, get into trouble and then have to make it right.

After circle they all helped fold their own mats, clean up and then play for a bit. We then began our journey up the hill and down the hill to make our way through the forest and to our other special place.  However, as we walked along Beau gently fell half way into a small puddle and got quite wet. Ruby ran back to the bus to get some extra clothes while the rest of us went on a walk about noticing the Poison Oak and the Berry bushes and making our bodies like the leaves of those two plants.
Then off we went down the trail with more fun.
When  we arrived at our place they dropped their packs and went right in to the grand Redwood “Cathedral”  then out to go on the bouncy tree.
Lunch came, with story, songs that I sang and shared with them and then they went back to the Cathedral. But wait, Nathan ran out and said, “Their Dead! Come see!!”  So, we went inside and what did we see??? Sienna and Ellery DEAD!  Oh dear.”Well, let’s go away and see if something changes?”  We went away and when we came back they were in different spots but, still DEAD!  How could this be?  We did it again but Nelly really wanted to be dead too and, it happened, she died!  But the MOST remarkable thing was that Ellery is the best 3 yr old expert EVER with regard to this. NO MATTER if her face was touched, brushed with branches she NEVER, NO NEVER, NO NEVER EVER! flinched!  We think she is actually a MASTER meditator. And Nelly and Sienna were rather grand too with their consistent stillness.  As a matter of fact, when it was time to go Ruby had to do some very special magick to wake them up from their journey to dead land!  We knew that they were dreaming, dreaming and would have many stories to tell us, some day! 🙂
Our walk back was truly fun as they became rabbits in holes like the song we sing and seeing Butterflies.  In the bus we sang our good bye song and each gave their sweet and precious thank you’s. Then off we went with Ruby playing Kalimba and telling her many grand tales.
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