We've had a chilly start to our spring quarter of Farm School. Luckily the day begins with the kids helping Farmer Dan build the fire for us to gather around. There was a new little heifer there to greet us.
|Peggy joins the circle|
Our afternoon activity this week was based on an Appalachian folk story called Old Joe and the Carpenter (found in a publication from Teaching Tolerance, of the Southern Poverty Law Center). It's a story about friendship and extending the offer of friendship even when challenged by an unkindness. The cooperative games that followed demanded communication and teamwork, which is such a challenge for this age group (4 - 9)! Challenging but valuable.
Balancing on a board, put yourselves in alphabetical order, without stepping on the ground! Help each other not to fall off...
In groups of 3 or 4, sit on the ground and, holding hands so as to not touch the ground, find a way to stand as a group. These games were so exciting to the kids - it was such a great way to put physicality into abstract words like trust, and effective communication.