Backwoods picture by Steve. As a treat to himself upon completing a chainsaw safety course, Iain has invested in a chainsaw of his own. After much research he went with this one, which he has been very happy with. He’s been helping Steve to clean up some dead and down wood on our property, with Elijah along to assist.
We’ve recently come to the conclusion that the boys have outgrown the wilderness program they have been attending for the last year. Together we have decided that for now they will continue to immerse themselves in nature after a more self directed fashion. We’ve set aside one full day out of the school week where, after the basic daily math practice and language arts have been completed, the rest of the day is theirs to devote to often experimental, adventurous, passionate, outdoor education. For now I’m letting them go where they will with this, but from time to time I’ll have assignments for them; things to look for, to think about, to explore, to hopefully inspire. So far the older boys have been devoting the bulk of their time to gathering wood for sugaring off in the spring. As you can see, the wood gathering mentality has proved contagious and is trickling on down through the ages. That little one there? Never one to be left behind, she scaled the wall one day when she heard them off in the distance!
They are all very excited and pleased with our new plan. Today I watched Galen make a tidy stack of shingles for a structure he has in mind. Given support and space, I’m always awed by their creativity and determination.