The DFW Homeschool Handcraft Fair was ah-mazing. It filled me up being surrounded by so many like-minded families supporting each other. Our boys were proud to sell something made by their own hands (last night 😆): Tinderboxes! Plus we bought some great handmade treasures. A community of families working together to create, learn, chase toddlers, buy, and sell...it was a good morning. Kinda felt like our normal day crazy... minus the buy and sell part...minus housework...plus like a hundred people.
"Again we know that the human hand is a wonderful and exquisite instrument to be used in a hundred movements exacting delicacy, direction and force; every such movement is a cause of joy as it leads to the pleasure of execution and the triumph of success. We begin to understand this and make some efforts to train the young in the deft handling of tools and the practice of handicrafts. Some day perhaps, we shall see apprenticeship to trades revived and good and beautiful work enforced. In so far, we are laying ourselves out to secure that each shall "live his life"; and that, not at his neighbor's expense; because, so wonderful is the economy of the world that when a man really lives his life he benefits his neighbor as well as himself; we all thrive in the well being of each." -Charlotte Mason
So lovely to see these migrating swans 🦢🦢 I learned that European swans migrate to the Middle East in Winter.
It’s amazing how animals are so connected to nature that they know when to migrate. Finding their way using the magnetic field of the earth 🌍, polarized light & changing concentrations of minerals in the ocean water 🌊 😲
Could you imagine the difference in our world if we had the same connection to nature! 🤔
I believe we once had this connection but have lost it in our modern world☹️ What do you think? Please share your thoughts below👇 #connectiontonature
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Our friends invited us over for a playdate today which included some Minecraft adventuring and some even better real life adventuring...plus mud. Lots of mud. This boy [who wouldn't even get messy with his smash cake way back when] said it was the best day EVER.
"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." -E.E.Cummings
What are everyone’s favorite tools for the field?
Some of my favorite memories from this year leading Ventures are ones where the students learned a brand new skill with tools they had never seen before.
We use your tools all the time on our backpacking trips and hikes, @gerbergear and @leathermantools !
5 2019 November, 2019
Winter Tinkergarten ALERT *** Today is the last day to get 15% off next season! Use early bird discount code: WINTER2020 when checking out.
I hold classes in Manitou Park in Boise. We use the Natural world as our launching point for all kinds of play based fun and learning. We have such a sweet group and I would LOVE to have more parents/kiddos join us! Follow this link to sign up
"Legit na forest school kaya yan?" These were the thoughts of a preschool teacher when she saw our Facebook page. "Baka marketing scheme lang yan." But as she went through our website and read about the pedagogies, she became more convinced that we're serious. And that we follow the same principles of forest school she saw in YouTube about a forest kindergarten in Japan.
She needed one last evidence to dispel her doubts.
She sent me a private message and asked if she could observe how we do forest school.
I let her join one of our sessions.
Result? She's convinced that Forest School Philippines is legit.
And that the experience we provide the children is based on the international forest school standards that other children are receiving in other parts of the globe. ===
So if you're having the same hesitations, please send us a DM so you can come and see for yourself :) Link to the Youtube video she watched:
Marutanbo - The Forest Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/LNl5p1M96xE
Spent Friday doing one of my favorite things: chasing my boys through trails. The colors on this hike were lovely, almost like fall...in Texas!! My friend snapped this pic of Knox with the beloved fungi he discovered. He carried that little guy around for the rest of the hike.
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." -Nathaniel Hawthorne 🍂☀️
Snapshot from Justin’s workshop about Social Currency and Personal Brand, taking place deep within the trees at @leavesandlizards :
Students walked away with an understanding of their ability to create bridges and connections, how to leverage networks to their benefit, and the potential implications of overextension. #thisisourclassroom#lifeschool
Another gorgeous day exploring in our 5 Day Nursery outdoor classroom! The children's morning experience has a rhythm of breathing in and out. "The group expands (breathes out) in creative play time, for example, and contracts (breathes in) at circle time. This rhythm creates a sense of well-being in the young child, since it follows a natural process and does not keep the child too long at either end of the spectrum." -Nancy Foster, "In a Nutshell" 2005
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I love seeing people’s faces when I tell them that we do our classes here at Ventures RAIN or SHINE!
Warm and waterproof clothes are imperative for this coming season, and so is time outside.
Access to nature should not be a seasonal activity for kids (or for anyone)!
For one, most of the winter’s colds could be prevented with a little more Vitamin D (aka sunlight), which the outdoors offers for free. And on top of that, the movement, sensory experiences, learning opportunities, grounding, and awareness that the outdoors offers should not be taken away from a child for a quarter of every year, just because some weather isn’t as pleasant.
Wildlife biologist and author Rolf Peterson examines an elk carcass at Yellowstone National Park a few years ago. The wolves of Isle Royale National Park in Michigan have been in the news this past week because the population has dwindled to 3. This photo is a "flashback" to when some folks from the Wolf Conservation Center were lucky enough to take a Yellowstone Association Institute course taught by Professor Peterson, who has been studying the moose and wolves of Isle Royale for decades. We learned a ton and had a great time exploring Yellowstone with Rolf.
Here's an article about the current state of the wolves there: http://www.livescience.com/50574-only-3-wolves-at-isle-royale.html
Visit www.isleroyalewolf.org for more info.
Photo by @joshisaway @yellowstoneya#rolfpeterson#isleroyale#isleroyalenationalpark#wolfconservationcenter#yellowstonenationalpark#science#natureisourclassroom
Today's activities were sponsored by nature! We went on a hunt in our neighborhood for teeny little treasures and sticks, then counted and sorted everything before making star ornaments and nature wreaths with air-dry clay. It's amazing the little beauties you can find when you slow down and look closely (in nature, but really in all of life). 🍁🌰🌼 #natureisourclassroom