This beautiful Spring weather had our Forest Family feeling energized and renewed as we met again at Oak Openings this past Friday, March 22, 2019. This adventurous day led us to new distances and destinations, dreams, imaginings, and a perfect, child-led venture. We took our time walking to our shelter-house, taking in the beauty of the morning and finding new discoveries on a familiar path; we lived in "forest time," knowing that the journey is oftentimes the destination.
At our home base we built a fire and everyone pitched in finding kindling and wood. Then the adventurers sat down to a story with Miss Sherri and voted about which one of the three books she brought they would read, they decided to go with "Happy Dreamer," by Peter H. Reynolds. By allowing the children to vote as a group on the book they learn a variety of skills: collaboration, acceptance, and team mentality. After they read this wonderful book about dreamers, they picked which dreamer they were; we had quite a variety: Dancing Dreamer, Couch Dreamer, Goal Dreamer, Dinosaur Dreamer, etc.
The Forest Friends were ready and excited for our hike today, and desperately wanted to find the "muddle" again. In preparation of our hike we had a bread snack to help our little legs go further and it proved to be a great decision, as this hike ended up being close to 2 miles! When we reached the field of muddles, everyone ran wild and had a grand time. After awhile, Miss Sherri followed our youngest explorer to a log in the field, but to our youngest explorers this log was not just a log... it as a horse! Sherri and this explorer played pretend horse and soon other adventurers came to see what they were doing. Soon this game became, "is this a horse? Or is it a dragon?" The Friends had a great time squeezing onto the log and acting out the new imaginings of each explorer as they came to join the fun. The explorers were allowed to freely play and imagine, giving them confidence explore their own ideas with their fellow adventurers and find their voice.
The explorers soon decided to return to our "climbing tree" but instead of the path we have taken to climb the last few weeks the children decided to try a new path. This path was full of deep puddles, bridges, mushrooms, streams for throwing rocks and sticks, and many other adventures. It took us deeper into the forest then we had been before, and led to a child-led vote on what to do: continue to head to a tree to climb or head back to our home-base for lunch. The vote sided with continuing to the tree, and we soon came to one at a crossroads in the path. Miss Sherri and some of our friends explored balance as they worked together to lift up a large fallen tree by using their weight to lift one side like a see saw. The time passed quickly and soon the adventurers' minds turned again to snack time and we decided to hike back. One volunteer dad went ahead to tend the fire so we could warm soup upon our return, the rest of us began our trek back with many jumps and songs and ideas and explorations. Upon our return to the field, Miss Sherri picked up a large stick and showed the children how to use the stick to help carry their bags all together; working together to make a heavy task lighter. Our little explorers skipped and played the whole way back, just taking in the air, the joy, and each other.
We had a lovely lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches (the children tried vegan cheese if they had not already had it before!) and tomato soup, trail mix, and veggie straws. Everyone pooled their snacks together for a beautiful picnic and gathering. Next week is our final class for the Wonderful Winter Session! Stay tuned for a free class coming this April, and Spring Session dates!
We enjoyed another beautiful day at Oak Openings Friday March 15, 2019. We warmed out bodies and hearts by dancing to the song " I am a Woodkid" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_K3COMOcA0&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR19CnYTjtkkP1lDhWUBdEJnklyN8o08TOvqH4L8nNyM6GheB3sixB5mU-0). The weather was substantially warmer than than last week and we could see signs that the ice on Mallard Lake was melting. There were so many ways to observe that Winter was on the way out and Spring was imminent. The lake shore now was water, but the middle was iced over. The children had a great time seeing this change and poking sticks into the water to see how deep it was now that the ice was gone. Our discussion of ice safety we had last week changed to water safety. The dam was especially interesting as the ice sculptures were now gone from last week and in their place was the roaring sounds of water cascading. At the shelter the Forest Friends helped gather firewood for our fire and explored the surrounding areas before heading out for a hike. Along Mallard Lake we found geese swimming in open water and walking across the ice. Some children examined that the geese must be light to be able to rest on the ice without breaking it. Another discussion broke out between two explorers about what animal the geese really were; one young explorer swore the geese were actually "ducks," while the other informed her that they were in fact, "geese." After a bit of debating and back and forth, the two came to the compromise that perhaps they were actually "duck-geese." It was amazing to observe how these Forest Friends found a way to work through a disagreement and come to a compromise! One adventurer stayed back with an adult to observe the water and geese fighting; while others went on to play in the woods and practice climbing, then we all went to open field and enjoyed a good old mud stomping. There was a giant mud puddle, or "muddle" as one of our adventurers called it, had such a wonderful time. The sound of the mud squishing beneath their feet, the water splashing around them as they jumped, and the pure joy on their faces was a truly wonderful experience for them and observers!
We moved into the woods and had bit of one-on-one time with the kids, while parents took a distance to allow the children to gain independence. Many children climbed trees again and others played make believe. Although the parents had found their own spots to think, the low ratio of children to teachers allows the teachers to still form an intimate connection and working with the explorers. Our youngest explorer climbed even higher than past weeks with Sherri's guidance and observed how the fallen tree had begun to rot and complete the circle of life by returning to dirt and dust.
After some time the explorers were hungry so we hiked up to the shelter again and had tomato soup and bread. Our group had a really great time connecting at the table. We sang songs of thanks for the food and practiced asking and listening to others. Everyone went around the table and expressed what we all enjoyed the most about Forest Time Kindergarten.
After our meal the Forest Friends were asked to gather nature items and then place them in a circle around Forest Friend, Danny, as he laid on the ground. Sherri expressed to the children that this circle we created around Danny was a safe space, and the importance of safe spaces especially if you get lost. Sherri explained that if you get lost create a circle around yourself and stay put until someone comes to help you. She sang a song to them about the safe space:
We have a safe spot,
we have a safe spot,
we have a safe spot...that will help a lot.
This week our explorers found that when there is quietness we don't always need to fill the void and that the quiet allows us to quietly imagine, wonder and just listen to the forest. The Forest Friends were anxious to get to the playground again as we did last week and we all traversed to the other side of the Lake to get some fun time in the sunshine! Two more classes in this Wonderful Winter session! Remember to stay tuned for Spring Session dates and sign up for our newsletter.
Our sweet Forest Friends met at Oak Openings for the first time this week and it was beautiful! We sang songs and warmed up with dancing before we ventured on a walk around Mallard Lake to our shelter house to build a fire. As we walked we discussed ice safety: holding hands with an adult if you wanted to walk along the rocky edge of Lake, lowering your center of gravity to the ground to explore the ice and learn from it. The small dam and bridge provided us with incredible nature art in the form of ice formations. The children had a wonderful time watching the water pool over the dam and see the power of winter as it froze water in a moment of time. With the help of a volunteer father, the children made snowballs from the dusting of snow, and threw them onto the ice watching how they skated across and listening to the sound they made,
At the shelter house the adventurers helped make a fire by placing paper balls into the flames and finding sticks to help keep the fire going while we left to explore new territories at Oak Openings. The group made their way to an iced over stream and explored drawing in a thin layer of snow on the ice with sticks. Many pretended to be making maps, drew pictures, or just melted into their own mind space while watching their marks on the ice. Other children were captured by the sound the ice made when we hit it; practiced balance by walking on the ice; and explored the beauty of physics while experimenting with how the ice broke. Sherri led the group to an open field where the explorers had free range to play. Many wanted to run/race in the open space, others started using their imagination to pretend different scenarios, while others explored the different landscapes found in a field: ice covered with snow with holes to break, grass mounds. It was so fun to watch the children explore not only the sights and textures of the land but the sounds as well. They explored how their voices carried in the echo of the open field through shrieks and shouts; something that they are not allowed to do in a home or a school setting, but at Forest Time Kindergarten they loved the ability to let out their voices!
Moving into a bit of woods Sherri directed the children and parents to for their own sit spots. Parents were encouraged to try and find their own spot to sit while we let the children use the time as a group. Sherri advised that everyone should try to encourage sit spots for not only their children but also for themselves everyday. It is recommended that you sit for as many minutes as you are old and in today's hectic world it can help us take time to mediate and reflect on our feelings, attitudes, and possible anxiety, and refocus our energy. Most of the children seemed to take the time to climb a tree rather than sit still and that was perfectly fine. They used to time to work together as a team to conquer the tree. When they were reunited with their parents the children proudly showed their parents their conquered feat and even a Forest Dad climbed the tree as well!
A trek back to the shelter was next for a warm up by the fire and a hot snack of cooked carrots and potatoes and tea. With warm bellies and recharged batteries the children then set to work using hammer and nails on a board of wood. We were so grateful for our volunteer Forest Dad and Granddad who helped our tiny handy-people experience this activity. Using tools with adult supervision provided our Forest Friends with a feeling of capability and confidence; it helped them with hand eye coordination/fine motor skills; and listening skills as they knew that their Forest Guide would help them learn the proper way to use the tools and help keep them safe.
After some free time playing by the shelter we walked all the way around Mallard Lake to the incredible playground at Oak Openings. We all had fun playing together as the sun began to shine down and warm up the day. The play time at the play structure was fun and helped to bring our Forest Friends closer into a Forest Family.
A special thank you goes out to our Forest Dad, Granddad, and Grandma! They were special visitors for one of our Forest Friends and they were so helpful and supportive in all they did! It was wonderful to meet them! Looking forward to our new adventures this week, stay tuned!
This week we felt that we could really see our group starting to come together as a family of Forest Friends and everyone has started to fall into a good groove. The children have started to pick up on the rhythm of the class, and were ready and excited to start the day right away. They were prepared for our hike mentally and physically, they were ready and excited for the adventures of the day, but also for the quiet of a sit spot and listening with and to nature.
Our hike led us to our sit spot in a field off the path; the moms were sent to go to their own sit spots as Sherri led the children to their own private spot. We played a game of "who can be the quietest" to observe the sounds and sights of the forest. Our Adventurers' energy was beautiful as they found their center during our sit spot, with listening ears we heard birds tweeting, a woodpecker hunting for bugs, geese honking, the wind, and much more. We spotted grass flowing in the wind, geese flying over head, and sticks became a large center of attention as everyone found their own special tool. After some reflection, Sherri blew her flute as a signal for the moms to rejoin the group. The children were excited to see how their moms responded to the call of the flute. The flute serves as a tool for Forest Time Kindergarten teachers to bring the children together and get their attention. The mothers set a good example of listening and responding to the flute quickly, the children were visibly excited to see the flute in action from a new perspective. We believe that having seen their mothers respond to the flute had a positive reaction and our Forest Friends followed their mother's example and responded well to the flute for the remainder of the session.
We hiked a bit further and explored bird houses, counting, and animal habitats. Soon the explorers began to express an interest in snack time so Sherri sent the moms ahead to prepare our hot broth and biscuits, giving the children some time away from moms to see how they responded to the change. We were beyond thrilled with their reaction to the change of pace. Suddenly the children banded together even more and seemed to take on the role of the parents in many ways. Sherri directed our Forest Friends to some acorns off the boardwalk to distract them from their moms leaving, but what happened was beyond our expectations. Our little adventurers began to work as a team to find more acorns and we discussed the different sizes, shapes, how they crack under pressure, what they look like under a magnifying glass (which brought by one Adventurer and he shared it with everyone and everybody did a fantastic job sharing). They gathered around as a team to view various objects under the magnifying glass, discussing the texture and what they thought the objects were. What I was most impressed with was how the friends took on an almost parental role for one another; some of the phrases I heard from them included: "Do you need help?" "You should put your gloves back on, its cold..." "Can I help you?" "Are you ok?" "Let me help..." It was beautiful to watch our sweet explorers care for one another in this way. The children really blossomed during this time and took on a great family and team mentality.
On our hike back to snack time, a few of the adventurers became distracted by a thick, woody vine stuck under a fallen log. They were determined to break it off and began pulling on it. Soon all the adventurers were involved. It was truly a sight to see as they hypothesized methods and tested them out. Every child had an idea of how to remove the vine, and all the children helped to test that idea. It was an interesting study for them of physics, problem solving, and teamwork.
After snacks the kids started exploring the natural play space at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve and most continued to conquer the wooden fort structure. My son, Danny, had fallen from the fort at our last class and got a rather big bump on his head so he had stated at the beginning of class that he would "not like to climb the fort today," but without question or concern, he started climbing the fort when the others did. Risky play is always a difficult thing to watch our children do because as parents it is our desire to keep our children safe and unharmed, but there have been so many studies that suggest that risky play is not only something our children enjoy, but is integral to their development. Check out this article to read up on it more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freedom-learn/201404/risky-play-why-children-love-it-and-need-it
Our Forest Adventurers soon turned towards a patch of ice they had explored in the previous week. It was great to watch how each child explored the ice in their own unique way. Some children jumped right onto the ice patch, while others walked the perimeter first, testing out spots here and there. Children are really wonderful at accessing their own abilities and testing themselves on their own terms. The ice provided a learning ground for physics, taste, texture, fine-motor skills, teamwork, balance, and sound.
After some time on the ice we hiked back to the Nature Center for the remaining thirty minutes of class to read a story in the bird watching area. Sherri noted that even though the children had implored for a book, their eyes remained on the woods through the windows nearly the entire time we convened in that room. To our joy, it was as if the forest was calling them to come back outside and play.
It was a wonderful class as we all grew as individuals and a group and we cannot wait until next week!
After a few weeks break due to teacher training and dangerous weather conditions, the Forest Friends united again! Since Ohio decided to give us some record breaking weather conditions this New Year, we moved our Forest Adventures to W.W. Knight Nature Preserve this week and secured an indoor space for the safety of small fingers and noses if we found ourselves to be too cold. Friday turned out to be a bit colder than predicted but we persevered and began our day at the Nature Center.
Some days things just don't go as planned, but part of the beauty of a Forest School is those days lead to some of the best discoveries and bonding. We found that a lot of our day ended up revolving around exploring our 5 senses. Our Forest Friends had quite a bit of energy to wear off after several days of being cooped up inside and our space at the Nature Center worked wonderfully for them. They were able to let off a little steam by playing animal games and every child's favorite, chase. Once the Explorers had worked out their energy we sat down and created fire starters together using wax paper and an old candle. Our Adventurers had a wonderful time exploring some of their 5 senses during this project. They could smell the candle's scent, hear the wax paper crinkle, feel the wax on their hands... they really enjoyed the sensory experience of the wax and worked together to figure out how to break the old candle into pieces suited for small fire starters. They took turns breaking the candle a part with a stick, then using a grater to churn the candle into shaved pieces. This activity helped our Adventurers develop camaraderie as a group and problem-solving/social skills as well as practicing their fine motor skills.
After some play time in the Nature Center's Children's Room (we highly recommend you take your child here if you have not, they have some great hands-on activities that change with the seasons), we got ready to venture outdoors. We spent nearly 30 minutes dressing each child appropriately for temperatures in the mid teens, but it was all worth it for the fun we had at the Natural Play Space at W.W. Knight.
Our Forest Friends wasted no time and immediately began doing what children do best, playing. They were not bothered by the mid teen temperatures, their faces were flushed with excitement and heat as they trampled through the snow, climbing on stumps, fallen trees, and forts. Yet again we can hear our Explorers reaching out to one another for help and asking to help others as they reach new heights in their exploration. Their senses were tested as they climbed on iced/snowy branches and logs for the first time this session. They tested their sight to see where the snow had turned to ice, or branches may be reaching out dangerously; they used their sense of touch to know when a branch was stable enough to support their weight. As observers, the parents and teachers worked hard to let them learn their own limitations and use words that could help them on their way; instead of simply saying "be careful!" we tried to use words like, "watch the way the branch is bending as you step on it, do you think it can hold your weight?" We discussed with the Adventurers that if they felt they were unstable the best thing to do is to get themselves to their belly and slide down whatever obstacle they were on with their toes pointed towards the ground, ensuring that they have the best reach and will land on their feet and not fall.
We gathered for a sit spot on the raised platform created by weaved branches and enjoyed herbal Apple Cinnamon tea. The Forest Friends enjoyed the mini break but were back at it exploring the woods. This time many of them ventured off independently exploring, showing a growth of self-assurance and confidence. After awhile the Forest Friends came to the decision that they wanted to return indoors for a warm snack of oatmeal and toppings. As we trekked back to the Nature Center we observed the ice underneath the snow on the trail and how the snow provided our feet with more friction and traction than the ice might have offered. We talked about the frozen ponds that were covered with snow now and camouflaged into the Winter wonderland now.
We enjoyed hot oatmeal, craisins, sunflower seeds, and dried figs upon our return inside and a special guest, Chris, appeared with a spectacular show. Chris was the man in charge of feeding the snake and turtles that reside in the room we reserved. Our little Adventurers can now say they have had lunch with a snake as we watched Chris tempt the snake with a dead mouse, he played the show up for the children by giving a playful commentary of the mouse trying to run away and hide from the snake. When the snake grabbed for the mouse to strangle it there was an audible gasp from both children and adults at the wonder of nature. Our Forest Friends were fascinated by the snake as it ate the mouse whole from head to tail. What a treat for the senses of sight and sound to observe the snake and his caregiver, Chris.
Once the snake had finished its meal the Adventurers attention was turned to a new project: mapping . Sherri had the children retrace our steps through the park and draw out a map of our excursion. She explained that by asking the Explorers to rethink their adventures through mapping, they would develop a sense of noting their surroundings and direction when encountering spaces. Something fun to practice with your child at home is to ask them to create maps of their home or backyard. You can make it doubly fun by making the map a treasure map with a goal to find a simple treasure, such as a rock or special toy, where X marks the spot.
We ended the day with a story and a treasure hunt. Sherri told the Forest Friends the story of The Mitten and then asked the parents to hide white circle cut-outs of animals and people from the story for the children to find and then place on a matching grid. The children were thrilled with the hunt and ran all around the room picking up "treasures" and helping one another find their own. After all the spots were found they met to match their animals and people to the grid. They used their sight to locate the "treasures" and they worked on developing recognition as they placed matching pictures to their homes on the paper. This activity provides teamwork and independent play as the Explorers worked together to find treasures for the team as a whole. An additional round of treasure hunting was requested as the last activity for the day as the Forest Friends wanted to hide the treasures themselves as well.
It was a great class this week, we were so grateful to W.W. Knight Nature Preserve for providing us with the space to warm our hearts and hands as Ohio brings in the blistering winter weather. We have another short break due to teacher training but look forward to meeting up with everyone at our next session!
A new session has started and we are so excited about all our plans for this Wonderful Winter group! We had such a lovely time meeting with our new Forest Friends and we know that so many great adventures await us.
The Forest Friends made fast friends to start of the session and we started the day with songs and games. We then hiked to our Fallen Tree Natural Playground and the children had a great time climbing the trees and discovering new heights for themselves physically and mentally. As parents we always want our children to be safe and careful, but sometimes we can stop our child before they learn something invaluable: self assurance. When we watch our children learning in a way that seems, and can be, dangerous we tend to jump immediately to the phrase, "be careful!," but there are so many other ways we can tell them learn to be careful but not stop their play. At Forest Time Kindergarten we always try to find new words to encourage children's play/learning without discouraging their momentum. When we use other words than "be careful" we also provide another learning experience that helps our children become more aware of dangers and provide them with better motor skills to maneuver through difficult obstacles. The Forest Adventurers had a great time finding sticks to create a fort near our playground and we discussed how to stay warm using this fort and emergency blankets.
Near our Natural Playground our adventurers had a great time exploring a large patch of ice that provided so many opportunities to learn: safety, music, motor skills, etc. Sherri explained to the children that ice is slippery, and more importantly, can be slippery even when you can't see it. We discussed ice safety and how you should approach ice. If youstep on ice and hear that "crack" what should you do? Slowly step off from the ice, don't flail about. If you slip on the ice, try to control your fall onto your bottom, as it is the most padded. If you find that you have fallen through ice, and into the water, use your arms to drag yourself up and out of the ice.
A common safety theme this week was: lower your center of gravity. When a child was climbing higher than they felt comfortable: "get down lower on your bottom;" Near water and needing adult assistance to approach: "crouch down to the ground to safely sit near the water;" Fall on ice/through ice: "disperse your weight more evenly by staying low to the ground."
After our hike to the Natural Playgrounds we came back to camp to enjoy some hot-ish soup and bread. We colored rocks with colored pencils and set out to hide them in the woods. With renewed energy our rock hiding adventure led us to the river where the children wanted to throw rocks and sticks in. Our Forest Friends were advised to sit on the ground and wait for an adult to assist them on their approach to the water. After throwing our sticks and rocks and commenting on the noise and ripples they made we found ourselves in the perfect position for "sit spots;" an opportunity to connect with ourselves and nature. The sun was shining beautifully as Sherri led the group through some mindfulness routines and it gave us all a chance to recenter and reflect upon our time and the nature surrounding us. We were all given the opportunity to calm and center and think. For more information on sit spots, check out this article: http://worldreflexion.com/sitspots
Tired, but happy we trekked back to our camp base and parted ways for the week. We had such a nice time on the sunny, beautiful day in the Winter We won't be meeting next week due to teacher training, but joyfully await our next class January 25th. Here's hoping for more snow and Winter Wonderlands this January and February! See you all soon.
We had such a wonderful time at our Free Class and loved meeting everyone who was able to attend. Our group met at Side Cut Metropark in a shelter house along the Maumee River where we learned about one another, talked about animals, walked to a "natural playground," enjoyed warm oatmeal, and played dress up with a "stick man."
The sun was shining brightly as our group gathered, the children picked out their names on cards and each card also had an animal printed on the back of it. We spent some time getting to know one another, learning each others' names, and discussing the animals pictured on everyone's card; "Does your animal like the cold? How can you tell?" After warming up to one another we sang and danced to "All You Need is Love," by the Beatles to warm up our bodies and prepare us for the day. After a trip to the restrooms we hiked down the river trail to a "natural playground" created by large, fallen trees. While the kids climbed, played, and worked together, Sherri, our director, noted that the children would only climb to where they were comfortable. It was a real vision to see our Forest Friends explore their own limitations while also offering help to their new friends; "Do you need help?" "Let me help you up here too!"
After we played we hiked back to our shelter house and indulged in warm oatmeal and mix-ins (dried figs, craisins, brown sugar, and almond milk). With warm hearts and hands, our group sat down to learn about dressing properly for cooler temperatures using a man made from sticks. Sherri guided the children and helped them learn new terms like, base layer, and discussed the importance of staying dry when it gets cold outside. The better you are prepared for the cold the more fun you can have in it!
It was a great day meeting new friends and exploring new playgrounds. We can't wait to see our new Forest Friends again soon!
Our adventurers were put to the test today with the first bout of freezing temperatures this session, and they passed with happy, rosy faces. It was definitely a new atmosphere for our Forest adventurers but they soon learned that movement and play was the key to staying warm on this chilly day. The snow was the biggest hit and the kids experimented with using different items as sleds for "the mountain," making snowballs, and of course, snacking on snow. We had a delicious Pumpkin soup which all the kids tried, as well as cooking dough balls over the fire using sticks. After a warm-up from the soup we decided to trek up to the bird watching house and the adventures continued. A cold, flowing river was a highlight of our hike as well as the ice on the multiple bridges we crossed to reach our destination. The adventurers did a great job reaching the birding shelter at the top of the hill and enjoyed warming up inside while reading books, playing games, and watching wildlife pass. We saw a giant buck come to the bird feeders and sounded out the names of the birds on the identification board inside. With warmer hands and happy hearts, we hiked back down to our fire, wished each other a Happy Thanksgiving, and farewell until after the holidays. Check back for more adventures after the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Today's adventure was filled with yummy fireside treats, learning to pitch a tent, exploring new trails, building forts, and making friends with slugs, snails, and worms, oh my! With all the rain this past week it took some time to get the fire started but the children were able to see some great examples of fire starting, including "fanning" the fire to get it to relight and drying damp wood by placing it near the fire once it was started. Sherri taught the adventurers how to pitch a tent and they loved playing inside. After a rousing game of forest bingo in the tent, it was time to get our snack prepared. A truly delicious meal of acorn squash, pecans, apples, and potatoes was placed to warm by the fire while we ventured a new trail. We interrupted a doe in the wooded part of the trail and the little hikers were excited to see wildlife up close. The trail led us to an open field and the children were given free time to explore. The boys immediately set to building a fort in the woods using sticks and a blanket and the girls began making new friends with the wildlife. A damp earth led to great discoveries by the girls, a slug living on the underside of a leaf, a snail hiding in the tall grass, and worms along a paved path. Without shyness or fear the girls held the snails and worms and treated them with the kindness of an old friend. Upon our return to the fireside the kids loved using their mess kits to enjoy a snack. The Forest Adventures continue all Fall! Ask us how you and your little one can join the fun!
This week we had fun meeting new friends! We climbed a "mountain", found a hidden passage way, and enjoyed stone soup! With a new group in session we spent quality time getting to know one another through open play as the kids ran and explored the Sidecut Park sledding hill, now known as "the mountain." After singing songs and working together to prepare "stone soup" we took an explorative walk in the woods. We played on fallen trees, explored rotting wood, animal foot prints, and discovered "secret passages" created by the forest. After working our way back to camp we enjoyed our soup warmed by the fire. Dress warm, next week we start hiking!
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