This past Friday, we welcomed Rory and her mom and little brother for a visit! Rory will be joining our PreK/K group in the Fall. She loved feeding and spending time with the goats. Robin showed us where to find one of the goats' favorite treats, Russian Olive leaves! We clipped a few and brought them over to them for a snack. Thanks so much for visiting, Rory!
We are preparing a little play for our end of year gathering and this week we talked about the role of the actors in a play and that of the narrator. Indi and Finn chose their characters and Robin is keen to narrate. That is all I can give away for now ; )
For Robin's nature lesson, we identified a type of greenbriar known as Catbriar or Wild Sasparilla. We tasted the tendrils and then, the children asked to go back over to the honeysuckle and grape leaves, two favorites from previous Robin lessons. We checked on what's growing in the garden, munching on peas, sorell, kale, chard and lettuce greens along the way. We saved some greens for our green smoothie at the end of the day, adding to it banana, strawberries and oat milk.
As part of our study of patterns in nature, we painted bright colors on one side of a large piece of paper, then folded it in half and pressed it down. When we opened it back up, we saw how the two sides were like a mirror- mirror symmetry. We will continue with these beautiful works of art to make sure everyone gets to participate.
We played with water and trucks and Indi and Finn lay and looked at books under the Juniper tree before rest time.
We are looking forward to our gathering! I'll write a separate email with details.
Have a lovely week 🌦
Our last Friday together had such a feeling of mid- Summer...hot and dusty, not quite enough ripe berries to eat- our songs familiar and comforting, our rhythm slow, our feet bare, our energies in sync.
It was lovely to have Robin with us and he and I made one of our wishes come true- to not only set up the farm stand (usually we set up and go) but to be fully present at the stand, interacting with neighbors and summer visitors on bikes or on foot. We sold eggs, herbs, zucchini, potatoes and our most popular product, True Lemon cucumber water. We brought a campfire songbook along with us and a few snacks and there we were, singing and climbing trees and every time someone passed by, the children would call out “Cucumber water, cucumber water for sale! $1!” It was so much fun : )
When we got back, we tended to our animals, harvested beans from the garden and a few of the children took a bath in the outdoor tub! Esme finally opened her belated birthday gifts and we sang her favorite songs during music.
Thank you to Alma, Olen & Jamie for joining us for the month of July! It is so nice to have new Summer friends, some who will continue with us in the Fall and others who I hope will come back and see us. Now that we are officially on summer break, I'm comforted by the idea that we may all come together again- that children will be welcome here for summers to come, no matter where their journeys take them ✴
About Woods School Aquinnah
Woods School Aquinnah is a new Preschool/Kindergarten program- acting as a bridge between the Skiff's Lane and Allen Farm programs. This past year, Laura hosted school on Fridays on her homestead in Aquinnah, in anticipation of the full time Prek/K beginning in the Fall of 2023. You can find a collection of her weekly email updates in the blog.