Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Community is Re-Born

(It has been a while since I updated the blog. I have struggled a bit with the learning curve switching from a PC to a Mac, but just maybe I have it figured out.)
School has started and we are off to another great year. To get everyone and the school ready, we hold our annual All School Outdoor Tidy and Family BBQ. The weather was gorgeous, and over 60 parents and children showed up to get our wonderful outdoor spaces ready for the children. Everyone had an opportunity to help, in true co-op style. We added more sand to the sand area.

Several strong dads helped move the old piano from the porch. Eventually we will get the harp out of the case and add it to our music wall.

There was sweeping,

and planting. There was also lots of connecting, the core of building community.

All areas got attention, from the hill, to the fairy forest, to the field and orchard, and even Butterfly Garden.

Children of all ages helped, and played together.

It amazes me what a group of people can do when they believe in a place and work together.

We finished our day with a potluck BBQ. There was laughter, connection, good food, and a community has been re-born. It's going to be a great year.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pirate Day

This is hands down one of the favorite days in the Orca class. We always hold Pirate Day during the last week of school. Everyone dresses up, even the Teaching Parents! We choose our pirate names, and then take a pirate portrait. This fierce pirate is Stinky Beard.

Don't be afraid! It's Captain Butterfly!

This fellow was involved in a sword fight and has a big scar on his forehead. Awesome mustache, too!

Captain Gold knows what he's after.

Ocean Smell found it kind of hard to look fierce,

but not this scary fellow, Gray Beard,

and his cohort, Captain Hook. Watch out!

After following the clues to the hidden treasure box and treasure map, we headed out to our ship. Hoist those sails!

We flew the Jolly Roger as a warning to other ships on the sea.

Land ho! Everyone to the row boat. Stroke! Sroke! It's hard work heading to shore on Skull Island.

Let's check the map to see where we need to go.

Through the jungle, and the Skeleton Tree, past Dead Man's Hut, and up Snake Mountain, and then down the waterfall.

Finally we found X marks the spot. Time to start digging!

One of the crew stands guard.

It's hard work, but we gather almost 200 pieces of pirate gold to be shared amongst us.

This pirate was brave enough to eat a lemon to ward off scurvy.

And, we had fresh coconut. What a day, right mateys?

In the Garden

Hooray! We're going to the garden!

Watering the mother strawberries.

We work together as a team when we are in the garden. One person holds the sign, and the other person hammers it in.

It took a lot of digging to get the sunflower bed ready.

Look! Our kale has sprouted!

The Slug Pubs need taking care of now and then. We pour out the old beer, and any caterpillars, slugs or other creatures who have visited them, and then we pour in more beer.

Look how tall our peas are growing!

The Orcas brought their nature journals into the garden. These children sat in the bean tipi to draw and write.

We planted this tomato in the hoop house.

One day we did art in the garden.

First we drew something we had observed, then we painted it with watercolors.

More work in the sunflower bed.

We have green thumbs,

and are members of the Dirty Hands Club. Did you know digging in the dirt makes you msarter?

Finally the bed was ready for the sunflowers. We carefully planted each baby plant. We started these plants from seed in pots that we made out of newspaper.

This will be a big wall of mammoth sunflowers!

The Dolphins planted the beans around the bean titp.

Even the Penguins help in the garden!

Planting the Penguin class potatoes,

and then watering them.

One Dolphin family made our beautiful garden gate!

All of the classes made a mosaic pot. We planted four different kinds of mint in the pots. Mints will take over the garden, which is why we put them in pots instead of right into the garden soil.

These Orcas planted the tunnel with cucumber plants, and scarlet runner bean and climbing nasturtium seeds.

The seeds made a pattern: big scarlet runner bean (which are purple and pink, by the way...), and then two nasturtium seeds. We can hardly wait to see the plants grow over the tunnel!

The mosaic pots are heavy, so it took some teamwork to bring it to the garden.