Another Friday in the Forest

By on Oct 11, 2014 in Chicago, North Park Village Nature Center, Stay at Home Mom Days, To Do With Kids | 0 comments

Our plan, as I think I’ve mentioned in the past, is that our kids will attend a forest play based school on Fridays. This still is not approved but I guess there has been some steps forward. For now we are just meeting there on Fridays with some of the other families and letting the kids run and explore.

We went this past Friday. The older two kids went with Grandma and Grandpa right around 8:45am. Jason and I came a little bit later with Veronica knowing that I wouldn’t last carrying her or standing for the 4-5 hours that the kids have typically been spending there.

I bought some mini gourds at the farmers market and the kids started their day in the forest by playing find the gourds which were hidden in the forest by grandpa. When we got there we went for a walk with the other kids that were there towards the tall grass area. On the way the kids found a slug and were fascinated by it. There were two three year olds, Rocky who is 2 and a little bit and then Lucy who is almost 5. The four kids watched the slug move for probably about 30 minutes. If you’ve ever met my son you know that him sitting still for any amount of time is a big win. But if he is interested in something then there isn’t a problem usually. And apparently crawling slug fits the bill.

We had a snack in the woods and then it was time to head back. My dad walked ahead of us and then told Lucy that he must have found “her” log in the woods. When she looked she found that her name had been carved into the bark. She spent some time running up and down “her log”. We left at that point but the kids and grandparents stayed for another hour or two.

One of the friends there noticed that I was carrying Baby V on my chest in the Moby wrap. She ran to find her baby and stuck her in her sweatshirt and carried her around the woods. I thought it was really cute that she immediately went to find her baby to copy me.

I really hope that the school itself is approved in the next few weeks because I’m anxious to see what it’s going to be all about. But until then we’ll keep heading there on Fridays to play, explore, learn and run.

 

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