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Homeschool Ages 8-12

April 5, 2018

What a beautiful, life-filled day! We spent the day at the swamp and saw so MUCH life! There are beautiful spring medicinal plants growing up intermixed with one of best teachers - Poison Ivy, so we had to be very mindful of where we put our bodies and our items down.

We started the day at Opening Circle sharing gratitudes and reading a passage from What the Robin Knows by Jon Young. The passage talks about the companion calls you can here rather easily between a pair of mated c...

March 22, 2018

We had such a fun surprise when we arrived at pickup this week! There is a new sign at the entrance to the Preserve and among the list of guidelines, it says "No Campfires" and then in small print "Except for Nature Connect Class"! The kids were so thrilled! We only work with fire in a specific location that is not located on the land trust and in a specific way. 

While we were waiting for everyone to arrive this morning, some of us decided to p...

March 15, 2018

Because the day stared off cold, we worked together to create a small fire in the fire pan, although we did not need it for the whole day! Today we worked on our fort building skills, and even made a flag pole for the cedar area that we explored! 

After working out our fort building muscles, we ventured to the sand pit and resisted some of our favorite games! We played around with our different versions of "Fire in the Forest" with animals from different continents and environmen...

March 9, 2018

This week we brought all of our mapping skills we cultivated in the past two weeks in an exciting challenge. Splitting into our clans, the wood gnomes had offered us a sweet treat to hide somewhere on the property for the other group! We were asked to bring in the three mapping skills we have worked to learn: maps, compass directions, and "song line" in order to guide our friends in the other clan to the treasure! 

Each group had an interesting way to guide each clan through the...

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