Today we learned an amazingly powerful and important skill: How to safely wildcraft plants and make herbal extracts from them. Actually, we started with one safe and easy to identify plant. Each plant is unique and so the only generalization to working with wild plants is that there are no generalizations. Working with plants can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It can also be potentially hazardous. Safety is our primary concern. We want children to enjoy working with edible and medicinal plants and we do so in a way that protects ourselves and honors the life of the plant.
We had a lot of fun today getting to know the Pine Tr...
Brrr! It does not feel like Spring! On the bright side, we had so much fun making a fire and shelters in wet conditions, the weather just makes things interesting!
It was just cold and wet enough to really appreciate having a tarp shelter and fire, and warm enough that we (Ms. Devin and Ms. Kathryn) let the Gray Squirrels work with making fire in wet conditions and explore setting up camp when conditions are a little more challenging. We got a fire going that kept us warm and the shelter gave us a refuge from the rain. The rain was intermittent throughout the morning and it was nice to play outside in itand have a warmer and drier place to warm up.
Our backpacks felt so light without all of our cold weather gear in them! The overcast day turned sunny and almost downright hot! It was good that we spent the day exploring by the Frog Pond.
On our walk into opening circle, Ava and Maebel noticed a strange kind of web or cocoon. When we got closer it looked almost like the caterpillars we could see inside were dancing!
We noticed when we got to Opening Circle that a falling-down tree in the woods outside our circle, that we had been keeping an eye on had finally fallen down in the storms we had a few weeks ago. We had a great time exploring and climbing!
After such focused compass and mapping work (which was still fun!) it was nice to have a relaxing day to explore our imaginations and play games. It was quite chilly so a fire was the first order of the day. We've been learning how to safely use tools, so anyone who wanted to try could practice using the hacksaw on some of the now-seasoned cedar branches and trunks that were harvested last fall to thin the forest.
We all worked together to build the fire and then took turns with a match trying to find the best place to light it. Everyone had a different opinion about where to place the match and it was fun experiment! We got the fire lit and had opening circle and snack.