For their first field trip, Roots Forest School was invited to an orchard along the Weiser River. After splitting into groups, we set off for some fun activities. Walnut ships were built and set to sail on the river. Experiments were conducted with pine cones after hypothesizing as to what might happen. Stories were read in an open loft. Apples and pears were picked from fruit ladders. Mules mingled with their company for the day. A perfect fall afternoon really.
We feel pretty lucky that Alice is a student at Roots Forest School. Last night there was an open house at the forest classroom and students proudly showed their parents around their wooded space. There are specific areas full of wonderful things: wooden blocks, outdoor kitchen, circle time, garden tools, backpack rack, handmade kid table with benches, science projects underway, and a worm compost bin. I can’t think of a more inviting learning environment.
And I can’t do a post about Roots Forest School without telling you about their goal to raise money for their own yurt. Check out the GoFundMe page to learn more about how you can help Roots create their own space within Ponderosa State Park.