Spring had just officially begun and the morning was sunny and warm. I had missed the last couple weeks and so it was rejuvenating to be back and surrounded by happiness. When I arrived, the Seedlings were out and about. There were kids in the goat pen trying to feed goats corn, some kids were running around, some kids were swinging or walking on the jungle gym, and some kids were taking the morning slow as they woke up and adjusted to the day.
Before we began our focus for the day, Kasey, one of the lead mentors and facilitators, got the Seedlings excited as she suggested waking up the tortoise. Most of the Seedlings were jumping and running, ready to bring the tortoise out and once the Sulcata tortoise came out in the wagon, the kids gathered around to feed it grapes and tomatoes while Kasey gave a mini lesson.
We all circled up to play various games to get our creativity flowing and energy moving. There was an array of energy around the group as some were awake and others were still waking. After some mindful movement, we split into groups to exert our imagination into some kind of art form whether that was an Iroquois Pictograph Story or an Iroquois Wampum belt, so that the focus was on individual learning and expression.
through movement and action
to convey place
where each student
is exactly in their own being,
learning their space
of sharing introspective
and reflective concepts
with those around
The Farm and Forest Days Program is about being apart of the farm in Longmont by engaging with the animals and the environment. Every Thursday, the Seedlings, six to eight years old, show up with enthusiasm to be with each other and the animals as they venture into learning about new ideas, cultures, and skills. On this particular Thursday, the kids were able to experience a new art form, learn how to create an imprint using that art form, and then individually design a piece that uniquely represented their way of thinking through story and craft. After completing her Wampum belt, a seven-year old girl innocently named the process of learning a new skill when she said, “at first, the wampum belt seemed really hard and scary to make, but after a little while doing it, it became easy.”