The forest is alive with sounds of laughing children and excited voices these days as the children of ILA have been building houses and other feats of engineering using all the abundant resources our forests have to offer. It is wonderful to watch how harmony reigns as the children work together to create structures of all shapes and sizes in the forest. As Solenne Dupre a 2nd grader said, “I really like playing in the forest because we all work together.” Respect for the earth happens naturally as children experience nature, observing and interacting first hand with the wonders of it all. This “play” in the forest is so much more than than just play. Learning is going on every moment as it takes a lot of team work, decision making and problem solving to make things happen. When recess is over, it is of little importance what the actual structure looks like, it is the beaming faces that come out of the forest that says it all. Mission accomplished!
(PS. So, if your child comes home a bit muddy, you can know it was very worth it!)
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