We enjoyed another snowy, chilly week last week. It was very pretty out there. We've had a lot of fun studying birds too, they are really getting active right now and there are endless opportunities to hear them and see them in the play yard and the woods. The kids have quickly been able to identify some of our regulars, by sight and by call. Some of the older kids have had some success using binoculars. And there has been lots of fun had by all in pretending to fly, to nest, to look for worms, and to make bird calls.
We have gotten the instruments out and we have been playing some more music lately as we talk about birds and their songs. On Wednesday of this week (the13th) Amy's husband Boinoir will be coming in at 12:30 to do a little drumming demonstration for us. Sorry, I don't have a detailed bio for him, but Boinoir is an amazing drummer originally from Ghana and he plays with a number of groups and has toured the world drumming. It'll be fun and we encourage any and all Fiddleheads families that can attend to come for this quick little event.
This was a quick week last week with all of the late starts and the snow day, but we did have some lovely opportunities to play in the park while the most charming big fluffy snowflakes drifted down for hours on end.
February brought some freezing and thawing and plenty of rain. We discovered that one of the trails that we often scramble up turned into a very slippery mud slide on the way down! Lots of fun was had and lots of laundry was made. An older couple walked by and the gentleman commented, "I have never seen such happy or dirty children!" This comment made us teachers smile, because we regularly see the joy that an immersive experience with the natural world brings. One of the beauties of early childhood is that young children live so much in the present moment, and their hearts are completely open to connect with the wonder of snow and ice, or little rivers made by heavy rain, or the serendipitous joy of a good slide in the mud. Being with young children so much helps bring this richness of the present moment into my life more, and I am grateful for that. And I am also grateful to be able to facilitate experiences like this, to be able to encourage little adventures, to make joyful memories, and to help build bonds between human hearts and the trees and sky and earth.