Last week in Trollskogen

We had a wonderful week full of exploration and extreme weather!

Tuesday we started the day with some yoga to warm up our bodies and minds. After picking our jobs, we discovered the backyard had been transformed by ice! The ice had formed frozen sand cakes that were perfect for celebrating and imaginary play. In the afternoon we investigated Hugo's book of the body and extended our yoga practice into rest time. We also revisited John Dunstan's film about the wild life at Liberty State Park. After watching, we were determined to look for the rabbits, muskrats, possums that John Dunstan had seen on his trips there. Check it out here:

Wednesday we headed to LSP and were excited to see ice on our path to the pond. The tiny puddles were fun to slip and slide over and crack with a hammer. The pond itself was frozen solid as well! We tested its strength with rocks, wood, and branches. We used a long rope to retrieve the materials we had tossed onto the pond, and later used it to play 'web of life'. In this game each player takes the role of a different plant or animal in an ecosystem, and sees how they rely on each other. Working with rope encourages teamwork, collaboration and communication. In the afternoon we worked with Manija to create aromatherapy dough and continued adding to our stories. 

Thursday we braved the weather and observed the big waves crashing over the rocks where we usually play on the jetties. We zipped down the slides at the park and played elbow tag and triangle together. This type of weather encourages our children to work together and take care of each other. In the afternoon we worked hard on sand mandalas with Anya during our Atelier time. 

Friday we discussed how kind thoughts and words can effect everything- even water. We shared a story from The Hidden Messages in Water, which shows how frozen water crystalizes differently when kind messages are directed towards them. We carried this sentiment through the day as we reflected and completed our work in the classroom, atelier, and park. We used our water thermometer on different water samples and compared these to the temperature outside. We also learned some paper sculpture techniques from Anya, and created a healing hand salve with Jenny! So much productive work and energy throughout the week extended to personal projects and collaborative music making and play. It is wonderful to see Trollskogen continue to bond and grow as a group.