A Rainy Walk

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We greeted the quickly approaching fall weather with a nice long walk.

A nature walk is a superb way to end the week with young children, and there is always something new to discover even in an urban or suburban environment. After waving “hello” to every manner of backyard dog, and after our pockets were heavy with fall fruit, we made the journey back towards our warm cozy school (and lunch!) It was starting to rain, and we made it back just in the nick of time. Blessing!

As we walked, we sang this old Canadian folk tune. The strong, rhythmical feeling of the song was a good accompaniment to our steady footsteps pressing ever onward.

My paddle’s keen and bright
Flashing with silver
Follow the wild goose flight 
Dip, dip and swing
Dip, dip and swing her back
Flashing with silver
Swift as the wild goose flies
Dip, dip and swing

 

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Progress!

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Hello friends,

We are thrilled to tell you that we have made much progress towards licensing this summer, and our estimated open date is the end of August. If you’re interested in your child attending our inaugural class, we want to know you!Pplease send us a letter of interest here, including your preferences and needs for care, as well as a short description of your child.

Only a few more pieces of paper work need to go through the Department of Human serves, and we will be all set to operate. All of our toys are nearly out of the toy shop, and they can’t wait to be played with. We made a big set of blocks out of scraps from Mr. Jonathan’s wood shop, and he 10514476_659871590748578_8897182067943626250_nwas nice enough to make us a balance/rocker board for school! Mrs. Frances has been busy knitting all kinds of farm animals, and they all have personalities of their own.

Today, we potted two baby fig trees for the school garden, and we are already looking forward to their juicy fruits a few summers in the future. These trees belonged to a wonderful Grandpa in our family – Grandpa Logan Eddie of South Carolina, and we are happy that the kids will be able to watch them grow, and that we can tell them the story of their great journey to Oklahoma. They will join a fledgling pecan tree and hopefully one day they will grow into a “food forest.”

The work in the garden continues is never-ceasing, as always. We’d like to put out more tea herbs so the children can pick and hang dry great big bunches – mint, nettle, chamomile, lavender, etc. Of course the children will want to help with this, so we’re going to wait to plant until the children arrive! It will truly be a garden of their own. We’re also very much looking forward to welcoming some new laying hens into the family! It is a true joy to know a hand-raised chicken – they are the sweetest, gentlest creatures when raised in the close, gentle, presence of human beings, especially children. So, friends, do you have any stellar recommendations for child-friendly tea herbs and chicken breeds? Leave a comment below!
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Chugging along!

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We have been working hard getting the house ready in time for a mid-fall school opening. So far, we’ve almost fully outfitted our playroom, made some necessary updates to the kitchen, and soon we will begin making our sandbox in the backyard play area. Out front we have bunches of sage – perennials that can withstand the curiosity of children’s’ hands as well as the dry conditions of Oklahoma. In addition, we have ample amounts of fuzzy lamb’s ear – a delight for the children to touch. We love these herbs and are already dreaming of stirring them into fall soup and making many warm pots of tea. Now all we need to do is water, water, water!

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