We spent most of this beautiful spring day in the outdoor classroom. The morning was full of new adventures, physical challenges, and affection. Jossie learned how to load the kiln. Leigh and Louise threw a party for all their friends at which they only pretended to eat the hand soap. Elle did new tricks on the monkey bar. A few friends devised new games and skill tests using the play structure, then later invented a full-contact game that started with a group hug and progressed into a big squirming pile of giggling children covered in mulch. They played many, many rounds of this game.
Last week, we put a moratorium on tree climbing in the outdoor classroom due to concerns about children's safety and the health of the trees. Today, some children examined the evidence of years of tree climbing--lots of bark rubbed smooth and scratches and nicks in the trunks. They talked about how we can help the tree recover. Lou Lou suggested we put band aids on the tree. Leigh was concerned that band aids might hurt the tree's bark, and suggested they kiss the tree. At the end we enjoyed a hard-earned snack in the fresh air, surrounded by our human friends and our tree friends.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.