Saturday, February 15, 2014

Winter Reframed

I spent the day with my students - the dreaded Saturday all day class.....and we have two this semester as its a short term.....

I teamed up with the Year 1 Instructor and my Year 2's and I asked my colleagues at Willow Early Learning to lead a day on connecting with nature and using nature to extend curriculum (like math and science and social studies).  

These colleagues are my friend Emily and Kate and they will soon be opening the first Nature Preschool on the land at Terra Nova (message me if you want details!) and they are experts on being in nature with children.

We spent the morning on the land, walking, noticing, discussing how to allow children to take risks, how to allow ourselves to be stretched as Educators to give children safe freedom to explore the natural world, to pay attention, to embrace this moment, be present.....

And as with almost every intentional time spent in nature it was powerful and profound.  

Not just for the students some of whom had never been on this land and for whom today will have been life changing.

But for me too.

I had my camera with me mostly to document this historic moment for Willow Early Learning but also to capture some moments with my students outside the classroom.

I went with no intention of capturing the land.....I have done that in Spring and Summer, even Fall, and here we are in mid-Winter, drab and brown and dead.......

Until Emily challenged all of us to embrace this acknowledge the necessity of dormancy and seasons of rest for the land, to appreciate this time and not rush through it to Spring.


I lifted my camera to my eye and looked through the actual lens again but also through a new lens, a lens looking for beauty in the barren landscape...... and there it was......just waiting to be seen.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, one of my favorite parks! Did you run up and down the hill? When we were there at the beginning of the month, the ice was magical. I was blessed to have been able to see the ice evolve over 4 days...from a very thin layer on the first day (where only my gum booted boy could try to walk on the puddles) to very thick and very "walkable" ice by Thursday.

    I have a few of my kidlets who only want to go to the "hill park" when we offer choices of field trip locations. I am so glad you enjoyed your winter experience! It would have been great to hear Em talk to the students!!