Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Forest School Session 3 and Forgotten Hollyhocks

These are the hollyhocks-in fact I think it is one hollyhock-I forget it is there and then it appears! I love the buds. It is a peachy colour, small and frilly, like a little girl's bridesmaid's dress from the 70s.
Today was our third and last forest school session this term and it was the best one yet. We had extra help from Cleo who is interested in training to teach it and we had less children today so it was easier to observe the children that were there. They absolutely loved the new area under the trees and they also loved the water and mud play and the new steps. Angel and Millie enjoyed it this week-they both really didn't like it for the first two weeks. Millie particularly enjoyed watching the old people from the home next door getting on their coach. Their home is at the side of the FS site and I feel sorry for them on Tuesday mornings when I am out there at 7.15 loudly banging in my wooden stakes to make my fence! It took a long time for them to get on the coach as there were many wheelchair users who were loaded on by means of a scary looking lift. Millie watched the whole thing and imagined them going off for their trip to the seaside.
This is Angel's ant-she couldn't find any creatures for ages and was becoming disheartened-then she found the ant. Thank goodness!

This is Courtney's worm that she found right at the beginning of the session and carried around till the end. She thought it had died at one point so she gave it a berry as food and then immersed it in water to bring it back to life. This worked-thank goodness again! At the end of the session she was very reluctant to give it up, trying to hide it down her dress!
One more day to go!

9 comments:

Christina said...

so glad she found the ant. Or the ant found her.
: )
Glorious post!

Liz said...

Sounds like the kids are having fun with Forest School!

frayedattheedge said...

What a great post! It's so good that you are showing these children that their is more to life than the tv and computer games. Malcolm's Dad has a new buddy in the Home - they've been drinking beer and having a rare old time - hooray!

Hey Harriet said...

What an adventure! I like your description of the hollyhocks being like little girl's bridesmaid dresses from the 70s! I can't believer Courtney tried hiding a worm down her dress! Haha! Very cute!

Anne said...

Hi, Sarah! Pretty hollyhock! Love your tales of Forest School. It sounds like something straight out of a fairy tale! :-)

By the way, I've nominated you for The Circle of Friends Blog Award as part of my first blogoversary celebration. I appreciate your frequent visits and comments! It means so much!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Seems you had a wonderful time with the cuties!

Well, I don't mind the ants but the earthworm? YaY! I dislike them although they're unharmful.

Have a dreamy & luxurious day.
Am just feeling luxurious today. To know why? Visit me at my place, so you can see how luxurious a career woman can be in her dreamy day §:-))

xoxo lots!

frayedattheedge said...

Another comment to let you know that I have nominated you for The Circle of Friends Award - you can read the details on today's post.

mapleview said...

I love that you take the children and introduce them to nature. I wish that it was done more often to keep kids involved. I admire you working with the little ones, my favorite ages group is 9-12..but I taught special education..I wanted to let you know that I would love to have you join Nature Notes Thursday when ever you feel you want to. It is a small meme so there aren't many other blogs to visit...Michelle

Crafty Green Poet said...

glad that Forest School seems to be going so well, its such a great idea...