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Field and Forest Kindergarten

A tentative plan that I have for the Summer is to keep the general pattern to our days, but spend several mornings each week outside.  We'll pack a simple lunch and extra clothes and spend that time really soaking in the outside world, wherever we end up.  Living where we do, wild places are as close as five minutes away.  It's easy to find a good variety of places to explore--rhododendron thickets, wetlands, open fields, forests, old roadbeds, churches tucked way back into valleys..


I have been mulling this over for some time and have settled on it because it just seems right.  I can't imagine Summer being wide open here.  I have to keep the days regular because it really nourishes the children.  A going-away vacation isn't an option for us, either.  With numerous rainy days this week, it has become very evident to me how much children really, really need to be outside in order to feel well.  It's easy for me to become busy with housework, so going on a short adventure will get me out, too.


I guess we had a trial run last week when we went to look for feathers in a big field nearby.  We hoped for turkey feathers, but then concluded the circling vultures probably coincided with a big flock on the ground that Mike had seen.  Sure enough, vulture feathers aplenty.  We had fun, no less.  There was a little creek, a big upturned tree to climb on, ducks on the pond, and the warming Spring air.

Fourteen years ago now, I had the first of many people tell me that I should be a teacher.  I said, as I did all the times that followed, that it wouldn't suit me to do it in a normal classroom.  I wasn't trained to teach properly, just taught how to lead hikes and play games.  My love for what I was sharing is what made it work.  Sure enough, things come full circle and now I have my own homegrown students to take on hikes and share my enthusiasm.  Today's goal is a tidy home and plenty of fresh air, even if it is sprinkled with rain.  Wish me luck!


( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
Apr. 16th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
We are on the same wavelength here! Wow! I am planning Forest School for us, too - I've been meaning to post about it. : ) I think it's so good for children to be out in nature, exploring and just taking it all in. I wouldn't be happy in a normal classroom, either, but I love homeschooling.

This is from Stacey of In the Ozark Hills.
Apr. 17th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
Sounds good to me! I think we'll be doing much of the same over the summer: morning routine at home, and then decide (depending on the weather) if we want to head out towards the water for beach combing, or to hike some trails.
Apr. 17th, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
You live in such a beautiful place. Soak it in a little, for me. :-)
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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