WILD AT HEART
Wild at heart-- sums us up completely. Fourteen years of "wild hearts" running around, exploring, discovering, questioning, imagining… So many “ings”. Through all of them, we have learned so much. My toolbox of resources, ideas, and activities has taken on a life of its own. My knowledge of ninjas, circus arts, Lake Superior, magic, and survival is 100 times what it was before. Imagine, if I did not have the honour of working with this amazing group of kids, I might not have learned that the life of a Sumo Wrestler is steeped in extraordinary ritual and ceremony, or that fox pee has a very distinct smell, or even that there used to be such things as bug circuses.
At The Forest School- An Alternative Learning Centre, what we learn about is largely determined by the kids. They pick the theme for the term; I do the research and come up with an engaging means of guiding our group in its exploration. I love it!!! It keeps me on my toes. Mixed in with all the different themes we explore, are underlying messages and commitments to environmental and social responsibility. We spend time learning to care about the earth, others and ourselves. We are putting the time into becoming great humans-- it seems to me the most important thing to master. (Although ninja moves are a close second).
Wild At Heart is a digitial zine, full of hands-on ideas for connecting kids with themselves, eachother and the earth. It is my way of passing on what I have learned and continue to learn along the way. I hope you find some gems to share with your people!