Archives for the month of: June, 2013

Early in May my Sticks, Stones and Stories classes planted sugar snap peas and basil.  We set them in our hot house and let them begin their circle of life.   

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After they sprouted we planted them in our own little section of the garden.   They grew and grew and grew and today we picked them!!!!  Crunchy snap peas and smelly basil.  As we picked our bounty the kids found a cool caterpillar and a very busy snail.  So fun!  It feels so good to pick and eat something that we grew ourselves.  Sustenance for all the kiddies.  

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ImageImageImageI look forward to September when these wonderful children come back for more fun and exploring!  Happy Veggies!

Sue

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We ended our last week of all Seedlings classes…. she says with a sigh.

I cannot even begin to describe as a person and an educator all the joy these children brought me this past season of classes.  Some of my favorite times were when the kids showed me a thing or two.  It confirms my belief that children have the ability to teach patience and thinking outside of the box.

So this summer as you shuffle your children around listen to them, take them outdoors so they can sweat and dig and find things in the garden.  Listen to them and don’t worry so much about what “all the other kids ” are doing.    It is a reciprocal relationship, we give, they give, we give, they give and so on…….  enjoy!     Be back with camp blogs in four weeks!!!  SueDSC01984photo taken by a local Girl Scout

A hike in the woods….. you can never imagine what might happen!

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Who would have thought that when this camper was in school during the day doing what he was supposed to be doing he would end his day in the woods creating something he was so proud of?  While we were all looking at the fairy house that someone else built in the woods, there was Ben working on his own invention.  I must say it was an engineering feat…. with all the balancing that was involved!  Stick balancing, bark balancing…. such concentration.

This is what kids ARE capable of when we give them the space to create!  Love it!

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So proud of his achievement!

Your challenge for today:

 Collect some sticks and lay them in a pile and  see what your child can create.  Feel free to share them with me!  Have fun!

How many of us adults have memories of the way we used to play for hours upon hours outside until it was time to come home for dinner?  It really is a loss for our children, most of whom will never know that freedom we had.  BUT…. we can help our children to feel free from the stresses of video games, tv and technology in general.   Simply go outside…. no batteries or cords needed.  They will figure it out how to play in time but we have to give them the opportunity so they can learn.

The 4th and 5th graders in my Inspirations class were all psyched to take our “long” hike yesterday.  We got out our map and discussed our plan.  In 50 minutes we were going to go to new places we had not been.  Which means mystery and adventure.  What kid doesn’t enjoy that???

I never grow tired of watching children discover things on their own.   Like the hiker pictured below,  who was so amazed by all the ferns in one part of the woods that she, “had to become one with nature,” by placing a fern in her hair.

I know she felt so proud to wear that fern.  You go girl!!ImageOnward we walked/ran/flew like butterflies through the woods.  Howling while someone else howled back.  Laughter….all their worries forgotten.

Back in the Fall when we first began hiking we met a man in the woods who had made a miniature swing set.  It was made completely out of branches and twine. It fit in his hand.  Amazing!  Well today we found out what he did with it.He placed it along with a home that others had built in the woods.

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Onward we went for about a mile.  Sweaty? … Yes, Hot? ….. Yes, Thirsty?….. Yes,  Complaining? …… not one…. except that we had to head back to the barn.  🙂

ImageImageImageAnd so with only one more class left ….. I can’t help but feel these kids have all enjoyed their time in the woods and will carry some of their memories in their hearts the way I carry the memories of my endless days of playing outside when I was a kid.

Peace

Sue