Make a list of the outside jobs you've done!
I've straightened up the net.
Weeded and planted some baby salads.
Harvested the winter salads for the vilage larder.
Set up the watering system to keep your tiny seeds growing hopefully. You can't quite make it out in the picture but I finally got the sprinkler going again :-)
Did some weeding and essential soil preparation.
Taken some photos of the amazing job you all did preparing the garden for the season.
Just in time! Look at the wonderful paths we now have, all ready for a bit more compost and planting. We always need more compost as its so sandy and dry here! The organic matter of the compost helps bring nutrients and structure to the soil. So brilliant your hard work! Maybe you'd like to use these pictures to draw up a plan and do your garden designs!?
Strawberry bear and I were so tired after our hard work that we had to take a little break during lunch and lie on the grass and enjoy the blue sky. It made us feel SOOO much bettter and like everything is going to be ok, you can ALL do the same every day to help you feel grounded, calm and positive. Remind your parents too ;-)
I was so impressed by the Village Larder set up at school. What a blessing it has been for so many. It's lovely to see one of your most important forest school values in action looking after the whole community, what a brilliant idea, well done Snape Superstars and brilliant teachers!!!
I was lucky enough to find some good supplies the day before, so was able to bring some handy things like nappies, wipes and soap to the larder. Loved the rhubarb left at the gate! I love exchanging, in a big garden I used to look after I'd swap apples for cheese from the local posh cheese shop. It was much more fun and rewarding than exchanging money :-)
Strawberry Bear and I got to work straight away to harvest some of your wonderful salads which thankfully were being kept safe under the net. Thank goodness for the net because do you remember the hungry bunnies had eaten all our spinach the week before!!!?!!! We picked the gourmet red mustard leaves (which I know some of you find a bit spicey, but if you do you can also fry or wilt them with olive oil and garlic, then they're a bit milder and also an excellent immune booster! Your parents might like them in a curry or you can use them instead of spinach. Their spicy kick is excellent to wake you up and get your circulation going!) The tiny purselane leaves were so sweet, mild and delicious! My favourite! We picked a whole box and I wonder if anything will have grown back yet for week 2!?
Thankyou to everyone donating to the wonderful village larder, what a haven of love and support it is for all. Anyone can bring extra things to donate between 11 and 12 each weekday and anyone can take what they need for free. It doesn't matter who you are or what you have, if you've got no money or you just simply can't get hold of something you need, come and help yourself! (All safe distancing and safety measures adhered to of course).
It's a shame we'd just taken out the last of the rainbow chard the week before to make way for potatoes, but wonderful to have a few little bits to harvest and thank goodness you were all able to sow some seeds and do a little planting before you left. Now you can do that at home! Well done growing your winter greens all <3 Strawberry bear did such a great job helping me that I gave him the star grower badge which he was chuffed about :-)
HI Snape Superstars!
I missed you all today.
It was so strange being in the garden without you all, strawberry bear and I missed you, but I feel lucky I can still come in to keep the garden growing for you and it's nice knowing you're all safe & sound at home with your families, best place to be!!! AND do you get to do forest school every day at home!? You can tell your parents all about it, play with them, lead your learning & it will be lovely <3 You know being teachers yourselves is one of the best ways to learn! What can you teach them about forest schools and what fun things would YOU like to do with them in nature? Please tell your parents that I'll be putting some helpful info on here for them too, so you can all feel confident together. In the meantime, please remember what brilliant, fun, kind, creative and imaginative individuals you all are and make the most of the fresh air. We are so lucky to live here!
Strawberry bear was so tired after having to do all of the gardening with me on his own today that he even fell out of his hammok! He had a break and tried climbing the grandmother tree, but then he got stuck so was grumpy. He cheered up though when I gave him the veg superstar badge again next to his hammok :-)
Kestrels and eagles, do you remember our wonderful goodbye chat under the grandmother tree on our last session!?
Who can write or make a poster about what we said & thought? I'd love to see.
I'm just learning about how to do this on the website, so please be patient while I adapt & I'll have something to post on the blog for you all every week, ideas for projects, things to do, photos, etc. I'm also putting a weekly project & useful info up on my Instagram with similar info on there, feel free to follow nature_alchemy_kin and am posting in the facebook group Orford Creative Kids which is free to join.
Who can tell me what fun things you've been doing already!?! Can you keep a diary of what you've seen, done and learned in nature? How is the season changing? Have you picked some flowers for your families to keep them cheerful!?
What skills can you master with this time? Certainly knot tying! Growing your own gardens & all sorts! Make a list of things you'd like to do at home that you normally do at forest school. Show it to your family and see how much you can tick off! Remember that YOU all made our forest school with little more than a ball of string, scisors and some seeds for the garden (plus maybe a spade and a trowel), so can you create your own forest school at home!?! I'd love to know all about it and what fun you'll have. It's a wonderful opportunity to get really good at the things you love most and I hope you're all being kind & helpful at home, doing what you've been asked nicely & keeping up with your forest school values. Who wants to make a poster about those!?
More soon, plus photos, once I can figure all this technology out! (We're all learning!) Maybe I need some lessons from you too :-)
Stay well, stay safe and stay tuned!
Much love, from Kinna.