Adjusting Our Sails in Our Field of Dreams
The winds were blowing last week and as part of our Benefit Risk Assessment, any winds over 20mph call for a change of location, due to the deadwood in our home in the woods.
We adjusted our sails and played in our welcoming field, which we renamed our “field of dreams.” Silks were adorned to sticks which became sails for our learners, as they danced, twirled, marched and laughed alongside the wind.
During our circle time, we spoke about the wind, it’s importance and how situations may arise that force us to change plans. Not only is that ok, but it can be fun too! And, as if on cue, one little learner started to howl and within seconds, we had a full on pack of wolves on our hands. It was pure magic!
Being able to howl with the wind is just one example of how our learners are building resilience. Together, we problem solved how to flow with nature instead of trying to fix or run from it. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, failure, challenges, or even trauma. It’s not something that children either have or don’t have; it’s a skill that they develop as they grow. Resilience helps children navigate stressful situations and when they have the skills and the confidence to confront and work through their problems, they learn that they have what it takes to confront difficult issues. The more they bounce back on their own, the more they internalize the message that they are strong and capable.
The rest of our morning seemed to blow by as we played a rambunctious game of “forest fire” together and also introduced nature journals. We worked as a group to enhance each other’s writing, artistic and scientific observational skills. It was a joy to watch the learners teach each other how to make a leaf rubbing and how to write out their nature names. In only four short weeks, you can already feel the strong roots of community being solidified.
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