Forest School, Squirrely Garden and a Broken Thumb

A painterly pumpkin (Atlantic Giant)

A painterly pumpkin (Atlantic Giant)

Claw marks?

Claw marks?

A whole lot of marigolds

A whole lot of marigolds

Very colorful!

Very colorful!

Dock, Rock

Dock, Rock

Little succulent; all the succulents are still outside; no first frost yet!

Little succulent; all the succulents are still outside; no first frost yet!

Beyond Spy Garden…

A visit to the forest at Baby's Forest School

A visit to the forest at Baby’s Forest School

A Forest School is “an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment” (source). Baby’s school is also inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education…”The child is also viewed as being an active constructor of knowledge. Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having the active role of an apprentice. This role also extends to that of a researcher. Much of the instruction at Reggio Emilia schools takes place in the form of projects where they have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understanding. (source)

The Spy visiting his old haunts

The Spy visiting his old haunts

"The Hollow"

“The Hollow”

A foot!

A foot!

The creek at Forest School!

The creek at Forest School!

Striking Stump

Striking Stump

Clear creek; lots of little fish!

Clear creek; lots of little fish!

Grass Hill

Grass Hill

And at the top of that hill…

Squirrely Garden!

Squirrely Garden!

Asparagus foliage, a faded stump sign and painted rocks

Asparagus foliage, a faded stump sign and painted rocks

Squirrely Garden

Squirrely Garden

Shaped Garden Bed

Shaped Garden Bed

Very Richard Serra

Very Richard Serra

Lots of little winter green seedlings popping up in these beds

Lots of little winter green seedlings popping up in these beds

Down the other side of the hill…

The playground

The playground

"Ninja Rock"

“Ninja Rock”

Playground Cave

Playground Cave

Broken Thumb (a Frisbee Golf Injury)

Broken Thumb (a Frisbee Golf Injury)

Hmmmm a Frisbee Golf Injury? (during PE at school)…I was not there when this injury occurred, but I imagine it was something along these lines…

 

 

or…

(source)

(source)

HAHAHah but the Spy is fine and will have the cast off in two weeks.

HAHhahahah (I did receive the Spy's permission to post this; but I did have to ask pretty, pretty please!) HAHA

HAHhahahah (I did receive the Spy’s permission to post this; but I did have to ask pretty, pretty please!) HAHA

Fish (in a waiting room)

Fish (in a waiting room)

Crochet while you wait (a black wool hat)

Crochet while you wait (a black wool hat)

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

8 thoughts on “Forest School, Squirrely Garden and a Broken Thumb

  1. narf77

    By the way, Reggio Emilia schools are the stuff that educational dreams are made of. You are wonderful parents seeking out a school like this and giving your children the most precious gift of being able to teach themselves to learn and to enjoy every part of the process. What a fantastic gift :)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Really it is a wonderful school. Basically if Spy Garden was a school it would be this school. And yes, it certainly is a gift, a very expensive gift: but $ VERY well spent!

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  2. narf77

    Apparently, those pumpkins are so gorgeous that Freddy Kruger would like a piece of the action…that certainly IS a whole lot of marigolds. I have 3. Not nearly enough. Breaking his thumb appears to have had the duel effect of breaking The Spy’s brain. Might need a cast for that as well? ;)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      I should count the marigold plants for fun; there are A LOT…lots of self-sowing been going on for years. The Spy is sooo good at making those funny faces. ;)

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  3. Eliza Waters

    Gosh, the Spy is made of tough stuff – such a happy face after what must have hurt like the dickens!
    Looking quite autumnal there – but no frost yet? You could probably have cole crops through New Year’s with your climate. Kale, anyone? :-)

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