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Pirate Wind

The autumn wind’s a pirate,
Blustering in from sea;
With a rollicking song, he sweeps along,
Swaggering boist’rously.

His skin is weather-beaten;
He wears a yellow sash,
With a handkerchief red about his head.
And a bristling black mustache.

He laughs as he storms the country,
A loud laugh and bold;
And the trees all quake and shiver and shake,
As he robs them of their gold.

Mary Jane Carr

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The past three days

I finished Hadley’s overalls!

She does not like them… they are a bit big and hot, but they should be perfect for fall.  She did humor me and wear them for a little while on Thursday.  This was the last day of tennis camp for Drew and Phoebe.

This was the wettest camp session they have ever had (in the last 35 years!) and the final day was again inside, thankfully they had a big gym to use that day.  Drew took home camp champ for his group this year, things like that always make a mama proud.  I really liked how his coach said Drew was not necessarily the best player in the group, but he always tried his hardest and cheered others on.

We spent the rest of that rainy afternoon home making good things to eat.   I tried this recipe (minus the brown sugar… it was plenty sweet with just the honey… and I added in ground flax and dried cherries) The kids liked helping me push in a few chocolate chips as it was cooling.  It was really cute to watch them sneak a few and to think I was not watching.

Today we had a beautiful sunny day and we decided to go down to the farmers market.  We gave the kids a 10$ bill and told them they needed to buy a vegetable for all of us for dinner (one that they would in fact eat themselves) and then they could split the money after that and spend it however they liked.

They chose broccoli and the man even had Drew calculate the change.. 7$.  Drew quickly figured out they each had 3.50$ left to spend. They chose to buy cupcakes for themselves and then save the rest.

Then we were off to the nature center for their family day.  We arrived just in time to learn about raptors from a woman from wings of wonder.

It has been a great weekend so far.  Tomorrow there is an ice cream social at the community sailing center and also something called ‘log cabin days’ out at the old mission lighthouse.  We are definitely keeping busy with all of these great things to do here in our little community.

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Walking the line

I have been struggling lately with what I should do with Phoebe for next year. She is right on the line of kindy and first grade. If I went by strictly age (with a waldorf grading system in mind) she would remain in kindy for the whole next year. A waldorf school likes children to have experienced 7 springs before the introduction of academics. Special consideration is typically given to children with June and July birthdays, but an August child would always be held until the next year. Now, if I went by other signs of readiness like loss of teeth, midline coordination, development of memory, a desire to learn and write, ability to sit and concentrate on a task, she is right there and ready. I know I do not need to decide now, but I am starting to put thought into the fall and each day I think a different thought. Yes, she is definitely ready.. No, I want to give her more time, more time in her body, out of her head. I think it is such a hard line to walk, not to push forward too much, yet not hold her back from something that will inspire her. I guess I will just continue walking it with her until we know together. I am ever grateful she will walk this line with me.

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Last day of wilderness school

Yesterday was the last day of wilderness school. It was a bittersweet day. We ended with a potluck and a few fun games. I am so thankful for this group of people in our community.


We are already looking forward to fall and I hope to have Phoebe join in for that session. They are also offering a few great activities this summer, and we will participate when we can. Here is their last note about the last day. I wish I would have saved them all..

Greetings,

We had another amazing day together, bitter sweet though, as it was our last for the spring.   We began the day with some great run around games as usual.  We than gathered up with a favorite song and went around the circle to share something new we have noticed in nature.  Afterward we gathered up for a snack and story under the big tree and  John Michael enchanted us all with some great tales from his travels in Africa.  He focused his stories on bird language so after we were all tuned into the birds when we headed into the woods.

We took an exploratory wander, studying the newly sprouted plants, the new tree leaves, listening to birds, and exploring the creek.  We wound up in the cedar grove where we stumbled into a bunch of owl pellets!  It was awesome and soon everyone was in gloves and pulling apart the pellets revealing many mysterious bones, skulls, and claws.  WHOA…really cool.  After this incredible find we took some time to have a solo sit spot to observe deeply what was happening around us.

The next piece of our day was a water walk challenge.  Students received a cup which they filled to the brim with spring water and were instructed to carry the water along a moderately challenging trail without spilling a drop.  Unannounced to them there were objects and people hidden all along the trail to test their awareness and movement skills.  After the walk we revealed the hidden objects and discussed the ability to be dynamically aware.  We learned that if we are too focused we may miss much of the beauty in life and that it is better to vary our vision to balance ourselves with self awareness, task awareness, and external awareness.

After this we demonstrated the deep interconnectedness that ourselves and our classmates have developed over time by passing yarn and testing the ebb and flow of changing  conditions.  Then it was time to wander back, we played a few games and then the potluck.  At the potluck we sang a song together, shared some stories, hung out, and ate good food together…it was great and we wrapped with an epic game of “who’s got the peanut”.

I wish to truly express much gratitude to all of you parents and the kids for making these classes possible.  We feel so happy to do this work and share our love of nature and we feel honored to be mentoring such awesome kids and be working with such incredible families!  Thank You all Very Much.

A final note is that we are creating HumaNature School t-shirts that we had hoped would be done before today so we could get them to you all, but they will be done soon.  We want to make these shirts available to students of our weekly sessions for just $5 dollars (cost) a shirt and we will be selling them to others for a little bit more.  So we will let you all know soon details.

We are REALLY going to miss seeing you all each week AND we hope to see you while out and about this summer or at programs.

many blessings,
Matt, Kriya, John Michael, and Chelsea

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Today

We stayed home today and just messed about. Andy took my car in to get the snow tires taken off so we were stuck here, which is never a bad thing. We read more of the story of Gandhi and we even made a traditional Indian meal of aloo mutter, which everyone loved. I am enjoying learning more about Gandhi and about India. I guess that is a perk of homeschooling.


Drew is not as excited about this block as he was when we studied Martin Luther King. But he does still seem to enjoy it and I have a feeling the last chapter will make quite an impression on him. After this we will do a few weeks of math and then I am not sure if we will do one more sage story (probably we will) or just let things slide into summer. I guess that is yet another perk of homeschooling. Tomorrow Drew has wilderness school and there is talk of a foot of snow in the forecast. Summer does seem quite a ways off with that in mind!

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Friday

Just a quick hello… We watched an amazing movie tonight called Duma. I saw it listed as an African children’s movie and I took a chance on watching it. It was rated PG– and there were a few intense parts- but very wonderful overall. Even Andy was wiping his eyes at the end.
Also I have started a new knitting project, a spring sweater coat for Hadley. It is fun to knit something so little as compared to Drew’s big sweater.


Well, we are looking forward to a fun weekend with a lot of skiing and a few house chores. Hope you all have a great weekend!

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MLK

So I warned you… I just love second grade. I mean loooooovvvvve second grade. We have started the Enki sage story of Martin Luther King. It is really great, and Drew is very attached to ML as a character, especially because the story starts in his childhood. We have also been listening to lots of African music. I have a few Puntamayo CD’s from our library and I also purchased this CD called Steal Away. This is the poem we are learning this week


And here is Drews drawing from today


Hmmm.. I think that loaded sideways.. Not sure how to fix it. Anyway.. We are all healthy again and both kids are back to skiing. Here are a few cute pictures of Hadley’s antics.


She is a funny little person.

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Its monday again

Funny how the weeks can pass so quickly. Saturday morning I went out to knit at a local knitting store. It was so nice to sit for an hour or so and have a little time with adults. Drew’s sweater is coming along so well. I really can not believe I am knitting a sweater– and it is not hard!


Here it is as of yesterday.. But since then I have finished that sleeve and started on the other. Saturday afternoon Andy took the kids skiing and he had a cranky Phoebe.. It seems she was sick because Sunday morning she woke up sick to her stomach. She spent all of yesterday bundled up on the couch. When Phoebe is sick she is very quiet. It was such a sad day without her little voice and body bouncing around. Thankfully today she is almost back to herself. There is not much bouncing but at least she is talking!
Today we started working with a new style of handwriting for Drew. This book is very nice and I love the script. Drew said he is excited to make letters with “all the flowing loops”


I also made up these letter cards to have out and available while practicing our letters.


Since we were home all day we also tackled an artsy project. I saw a website once where they had turned old wool sweaters into cat beds. We happened to have two beautiful wool sweaters that both Drew and Phoebe would not wear… too itchy unfortunately. So we sewed them up and stuffed them and voilà … A very happy and lucky kitty.


I also salvaged the buttons from the sweaters to use on the sweater I am knitting for Drew (and other projects I have in line).
Now we are settling in for dinner, I made a very garlicy chicken soup. Hopefully it will help Phoebe get all better and help the rest of us stay well!

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Pirate Wind

The autumn wind’s a pirate, Blustering in from sea; With a rollicking song, he...
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The past three days

I finished Hadley’s overalls! She does not like them… they are a bit big and...
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Walking the line

I have been struggling lately with what I should do with Phoebe for next year. She is...
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Last day of wilderness school

Yesterday was the last day of wilderness school. It was a bittersweet day. We ended with...
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Today

We stayed home today and just messed about. Andy took my car in to get the snow tires...
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Friday

Just a quick hello… We watched an amazing movie tonight called Duma. I saw it...
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MLK

So I warned you… I just love second grade. I mean loooooovvvvve second grade. We...
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Its monday again

Funny how the weeks can pass so quickly. Saturday morning I went out to knit at a local...
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