Cottontails, June 22
What a warm day to end off our year! Our day brought up a lot of things we've enjoyed and areas where we've learned and grown since September. Here are a few:
We learn so much from the being on the bluff and noticing all the other beings who live there, watching the changing seasons, and feeling what it's like to be part of it all.
The friendly rivalry between the Coyotes and the Cottontails has allowed many of us to try on different roles, either as ourselves, figuring out how we relate to the other class and fit in or outside of our side's next scheme, or as a specific character such as general, spy, double agent, etc. We've learned so much about problem solving, conflict resolution, self-empowerment, and forging friendships.
We love playing games together (thanks Ms Jessie for passing on your passion!) and in addition to all the physical benefits of running around we've learned about working together and channeled our creativity into inventing rules.
Building projects and confidence with tools
We've had a lot of opportunities to build and invent with our minds and hands. From carving and creating swords, bows and arrows, holsters, and backpacks to inventing pulley carts and egg protection devices, we've been busy builders. And our confidence with tools has grown too. Today a freshly fallen tree was the perfect invitation to harvest different layers of the trunk and experiment with techniques for stripping and excavating.
Rough and tumble play
Our rivalry with the Coyotes has culminated in several physical battles and ongoing skirmishes between the two sides. While some Coyotes and Cottontails love to sit together and chat, or work on shared projects, others bond by roughhousing, and many engage in both. Roughhousing not only provides exercise, but actually stimulates brain growth, builds emotional intelligence, encourages ethical and moral development, and is a source of joy.
Lastly, we loved having the parents visit. Getting to share our space and the excitement and fun of showing off projects and important parts of our day in person made for some great memories.
All of your teachers, Jessie, Celine, and Megan, are so grateful to have spent time with you, Cottontails - thanks for a wonderful year!