We did it! We moved! The moment we had all been waiting for arrived on Monday. The excitement was high as we all settled into our beautiful new home. There were many new routines to learn and the week was spent figuring our new systems. Children, parents and teachers supported each other through these moments and it was a wonderful feeling of problem solving together as a community.
Something interesting also happened this week which I want to share with you. Many children asked if they could go back to the Red Barn. They missed the Red Barn– they requested to walk by it, look in the window and go inside. These feelings of longing for the barn completely made sense but they took me by surprise. In fact, we teachers missed it too. We had experienced so many positive moments together in the barn; it was where we began to form our relationships and that space will always be dear to our hearts.
The children like the Cottage but they are not yet invested in the space because they have not been here enough to attach themselves to it. We must re-visit a place frequently; notice it, respect it, look closely at it and then, and only then, will it begin to take on a new meaning for us. This is the foundation of our learning at Nature School. A place will share its stories with us, we will create stories in that place and then it will become important to us. So… here we go… ready to create stories in our new home– the Edwardian Cottage!
Here are a few other moments from our last two weeks….
‘Till the next post,