Sunday, October 7, 2012

Wilderness School

When I first started homeschooling 5 years ago I signed both of my children up for Two Coyotes, a wilderness school where the children spend one day a week in nature.  It is a day filled with games, stories and discovery in the bush.  I believe spending time in nature, away from screens and connected to the land is very important to a child's development. It is where children learn to respect, understand and love the earth and its treasures.  Their teachers know every tree and creature and take their time to explain the secrets of the woods.

After a few seasons I decided to have a break from it.  Claire had a tick bite and Lyme symptoms and after that I was a little wary of sending my kids into the woods.  My eyesight is not as it used to be and ticks are tiny.

Recently Two Coyotes started a program at Woodcock Nature Center, our local nature center where Tristan has enjoyed going to summer camps.  He couldn't wait for this program to start.  He wears his belt with a pocketknife his Grandfather gave him.  He throws on his backpack and his man vs wild attitude and heads out the door.  It is a good thing, although I am still a little scared of the ticks.

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