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Wildwood Weeks 5-6, 10/15/18

ON THE VALUE OF IMMERSION IN A STABLE, SUPPORTIVE, RESPECTFUL COMMUNITY – “Children attending a Self-Directed Education learning center are integral, full members of the community. They learn to care for one another within the community and for the community itself. They are involved, democratically, in making and upholding the community rules. In that process they hear all sides of every disagreement and the moral and logical arguments related to it. Their own views are taken seriously by others and influence the community’s decisions, which motivates them to think more deeply about those views than they otherwise might….In such environments, children learn to be responsible not just for themselves, but also for others, a lesson that may help them become especially valuable citizens in the larger community as they become adults.”

–Alliance for Self-Directed Education (ASDE)

Hello everyone!

This newsletter covers the first 2 weeks of October (we apologize for the lack of a newsletter last week — it has been one of those times when it’s just impossible to fit everything in!).

We had a smaller than normal group the past couple of weeks, while some families have been traveling, but our days have continued to be full of both facilitator-led and kid-led offerings, deepening connections, and improved skill and understanding in the process of co-creating community practices and agreements. I’ve enjoyed watching children newer to Wildwood start to really “get” how they have a real voice and responsibility in shaping our community…and also how to really listen to and value others’ perspectives while coming up with agreements that benefit the whole community. This has happened with topics such as dealing with messes left out, what kinds of language we want to avoid at Wildwood, and how to structure active, physical play in ways that maximize safety and avoid disrupting others. Kids who like physical play have voluntarily participated in several meetings about this as we revisit and clarify/tweak previous agreements to make them clearer and functional for everyone.

One of the highlights of the past couple of weeks has been the emergence of two groups of weekly writers’ workshops — kids are exploring their writer’s “voice” in a space that is comfortable and accepting, and they inspire and encourage each other in the process. I’ve seen some pretty excited kids writing furiously about mysteries and pets!

It has also been fun to notice kids spontaneously diving deeper into activities from morning math workshops throughout the day and week following the workshop, such as making up and deciphering number codes, playing solitaire in groups and supporting each other, etc. And certain activities have spread like crazy in the community as kids teach each other and share their excitement…like wand-making and the bluffing card game. So much connection, group bonding, and cross-age mixing happens during these activities that kids naturally gravitate to. I’m looking forward to finding out what the next Wildwood “craze” is!

Check out some photos of the past two weeks below!

Rebekah

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Wildwood Garage Sale (at Regeneration Church) planned for Saturday, October 27…time to start cleaning out your closets to help raise money for Wildwood! Contact Michelle at mlewis181@gmail.com for details on how to contribute items and/or help with the sale! Thank you Michelle!!
  • Next Sky Ranch Wildwood Day will be Tuesday, October 30!
  • Thanks to Erin Peters for putting together our current Wildwood Directory!!
  • We have only had one volunteer to be on a fundraising committee so far, and we really need several others…please contact us asap if you can contribute a little time to making sure Wildwood is sustainable and continues to operate while being accessible to all families regardless of income! Fundraising is essential for this program to exist, and will not happen unless volunteers step up to help. Thank you!
  • Alyssa will be traveling with her family for the next couple of weeks, returning to Wildwood on Nov. 1…while she is gone we are welcoming Ingrid Forsyth to help us as a facilitator on Thursday 10/18, and Thomas Cooper to help us as a facilitator on October 25, 29, and 30!
  • We are continuing to search for both volunteers and people to train as substitute facilitators…if anyone knows someone who would be interested in either of these opportunities and would be awesome with the kids, please let us know!

COMING UP:

Monday/Tuesday October 22-23: Fall Break, Wildwood is closed 

Tuesday, October 23: Check out the new PBS 4-part series called Native America, a truly incredible looking (and visually stunning) program about the history, cultures, accomplishments, and experiences of Native American people…this will be a wonderful follow-up to discussions we’ve had and will continue to have about Native peoples at Wildwood!

Friday, October 26, 12:30-4:30: Wildwood Rock Climbing Excursion, hosted by Jasyn Klamborowski.  Please RSVP here!

Saturday, October 27: Wildwood Garage Sale

Tuesday, October 30: Camp Sky Ranch Day! (please drop off and pick up at Camp Sky Ranch)

Wildwood 2018-19 Calendar:

Sept. 4        First Day of Wildwood 

Oct. 22-23   Fall Break

Nov. 22       Thanksgiving

Dec. 13       Last Day before Winter Break

Jan. 7          First Day back after Winter Break

Jan. 21        Holiday (MLK Jr. Day)

March 4-5   Wildwood Closed

April 22-25 Spring Break

May 22        Last Day of Wildwood

Some of the Offerings and Moments that happened the past 2 weeks…

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Math Club- exploring increasingly difficult cryptograms that involve mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

 

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We loved solving the cryptograms. Big groups of kids are attending these math workshops with no coercion necessary because they authentically enjoy using their brains in this way. Math is so much more fun and impactful when done with a group….and when it involves meaningful problem solving rather than the typical teaching and performing of formulas.

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Culture Committee meeting. These members are coming up with steps for Wildwood members to follow when they have conflicts, and they are learning how to help others resolve conflicts using circles of support and nonviolent communication (helping people communicate their experiences and feelings, see each others’ perspectives, and come up with agreements that meet everyone’s needs).

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Kiddos came up with this solution to “messes” in the art room and kitchen. This issue came up in Change-Up as people were getting tired of cleaning up others’ messes. We tried this solution out for a week, then checked in to see if we wanted to keep it or try something else. (we decided to keep it and now it is an ongoing “practice” that we revisit each week until it is mastered)

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Writers Workshop: brainstorming all the ways to tell a story.

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Writing a Mystery

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Playing “SET” a challenging brain game that stimulates visual perception and fluid reasoning skills.

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ZOOLOGY class. In response to requests from students, this weekly on-going intensive led by Alyssa is diving deep into the study of animals.

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Zoology activity- exploring how animals are classified

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Looking at photos from Wildwood, to be used for photo blogs

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CHANGE-UP meeting. Owen reviewing new practices

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What do you do on rainy days…..make magic wands of course! This activity sparked so much imagination and creativity over several days!

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An exciting moment in Werewolves, the role-playing game filled with drama and suspense

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Weekly math workshop activity: making a human bar graph of birthday months.

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Spontaneous pretzel making!

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Columbus day discussion: We talked about the real story of Columbus and his actions/ impact on native people, and the movement to establish “Indigenous Peoples Day” instead of Columbus Day…We learned about the Taino people who inhabited the Caribbean islands when Columbus arrived, and we discussed/watched videos about Native American cultures, history, and present day experiences. (And we discovered the next day that Governor Cooper had just established Indigenous People’s Day in NC!)

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Solutions brought by the ASU Chemistry Department as part of an exploration of light and the electromagnetic spectrum…and how the atomic properties of different elements relate to color. We dipped wires in solutions with different elements in them (ex. Strontium, copper, potassium), noted what colors the flames were, then figured out what elements were in unknown solutions based on the colors we had observed with known solutions. 

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Looking through spectroscopes to see light from neon and krypton broken into their component colors/wavelengths.

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Jeff Bates, ASU Chemistry professor, teaching us about light…and later, helping kids light sparklers with different elements on the tips, causing different color flames when lit (kids guessed which element their sparkler had based on their earlier experiments burning solutions inside). Red=Strontium, Purple=potassium, and Green=copper

 

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Writer’s workshop

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Researching an animal of kids’ choice

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Birthday Celebration!

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Writing end of day reflections

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Writer’s Workshop

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Spontaneous snuggle time

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Connecting with the kitties at the Humane Society

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Writing notes from chemistry experiments testing the color of solutions when burned

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Checking out the flame color after dipping wire in a solution

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Using “rainbow” diffraction glasses that let you see all the colors in light

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Math Club: Making a human clock

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Bluffing card game is such a hit these days (I think Emma started the craze!)

 

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And more bluffing!

 

 

 

Week 4 – 9/30/18

“In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: forget about it. Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it. One day, you will glance up at your collection of Japanese literature, or trip over the solar oven you built, and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself.” ~ Grace Llewellyn

What a full week!

We enjoyed our first Camp Sky Ranch day on Tuesday, and are looking forward to future visits to keep exploring the outdoor possibilities at this beautiful location. I noticed a lot of outdoor sketching going on…drawing has really taken off at Wildwood in general!

Back at Regeneration we are gradually creating recurring offerings (Crazy 8’s math club on Mondays, Zoology on Thursdays, Book Clubs and Writing Workshops starting soon, etc.), and are starting to do lots more cooking in the kitchen. We also have a committee of kids working with the staff at the Humane Society on a plan for collaboration with Wildwood…stay tuned for more info soon!

We’re getting better at Change-up (group decision making/problem solving), communicating clearly with each other, seeing things from others’ perspectives, and respecting people’s boundaries. We’re also working together to plan how to use our space in a way that honors people’s needs for both active play and focused activities/calm. And we’re seeing more and more connection and cohesion in this group of kids as each day passes!

We hosted a WONDERFUL regional ALC facilitator retreat on Saturday…we discussed plans to help and support each other in the future, ways to support the unique needs of older kids and teenagers, ideas for many types of offerings (math, mindfulness, etc.), building a positive & community-oriented culture, and much more. All our visitors were extremely grateful to us for hosting them, especially in such a beautiful location (we met at the Valle Crucis Conference Center.) Thanks also to everyone who came out to the potluck Saturday evening!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • We urgently need several volunteers to be on a finance/fundraising committee! There is really no way to operate or sustain Wildwood without fundraising, and this cannot happen without parent/volunteer support. Please let us know as soon as possible if you can help!
  • We are also still looking for someone who would be willing to put together a new Wildwood Directory. (You can use last year’s directory and add new families/update contact information.)

COMING UP:

Monday/Tuesday October 22-23: Fall Break, Wildwood is closed (two days have been added to the end of the year to make up for this change…the last day is now May 22. See below for the complete 2018-19 calendar. Please let us know if you have any questions about this, or need help with child care those two days!

Sept. 4        First Day of Wildwood 

Oct. 22-23   Fall Break

Nov. 22       Thanksgiving

Dec. 13       Last Day before Winter Break

Jan. 7          First Day back after Winter Break

Jan. 21        Holiday (MLK Jr. Day)

March 4-5   Wildwood Closed

April 22-25 Spring Break

May 22        Last Day of Wildwood

Some of the Offerings and Moments that happened this week…

We made Yeast Pretzels! Everyone made their own. Many asked for the recipe so here it is: https://www.recipeboy.com/2014/01/how-to-make-homemade-soft-pretzels/

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Rorschach Ink Blots with Julie (ASU volunteer)

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Sharing what we see in the ink blots

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First zoology class! Learning about what makes an animal…

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Magazine collages

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Collaborative building of a tiny bunkbed/playset

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Bluffing!

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Very proud of his pretzel creation!

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Wood burning

 

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Qynn leading Pom Pom making workshop

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Change up Meeting- we discussed the use of pillows in our space, a new contained area for active indoor play, and starting a book club

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Lots of cooking in the kitchen (especially eggs!)

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Connor and Ollie visited from Heartwood ALC in Atlanta!
Playing the question game in Den.

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Dice Multiplication War!

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Figuring out which are the most common/likely sums when you roll 3 dice (vs 2 dice)…following up on a question from the human bingo offering (we had to figure it out!)

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Human Bingo! Exploring probability strategies

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We got to play in a river at Camp Sky Ranch!

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Lots of juggling skills practice with Alyssa

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Sketching the firepit

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Playing Headbanz with our volunteer Michaela

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JUMP rope. Lots of teamwork and cheering each other on!

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Playing Capture the Flag at Camp Sky Ranch

 

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Finley helping to figure out how to cut up the pretzel dough to make 20 pretzels. We needed 20/2 so each ball needs to make 10 pieces…to make each piece 1/10th of the ball, first cut the ball into 1/2, then cut each half into 5 pieces (1/5).

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Measuring ingredients for dough. Playing with different measuring cups  is a fun way to learn fractions. If we only have a 1/4 cup….how many of those make 1 and 1/2 cups?

 

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Wildwood Week 3- 9/22/18

“Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them.
If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process, the independent scientist in the child disappears.”
~ John Holt

Hi everyone!

We ended this past week on such a high from our day at Cascade Falls! It was an amazing day connecting and playing and exploring nature together. And so interesting to visit the historic buildings at Tompkins Knob (a 19th century house with an impressive fireplace,an old springhouse, and shelter where traveling preachers used to come). We hope to go back again soon!

We held our first “Change-Up” meeting of the year on Tuesday, where kids and adults together discussed some issues that had been put up as “awarenesses” (by both kids and facilitators). We came up with new agreements to try out for using language that everyone feels comfortable with, communicating and responding to “stop”, boundaries for personal belongings, and making sure our belongings are picked up at the end of the day.We  also started a discussion about balancing the needs for active play and focus/calm in the indoor space, which we’ll continue tomorrow. A few notes on Change-Up.. For newer members of Wildwood, this is the beginning of learning how to take responsibility for creating our community together…and how taking time for respectful group communication helps us make sure everyone’s needs are considered and everyone’s voice is heard. For many kids this is a very different experience…especially in a community setting. In traditional educational settings, children are often not included in the decision making process. Plans and rules are made by adults and children’s voices and needs are not always heard or really considered.  It can take some time for kids to understand what’s really going on in the Change-Up meetings and it can sometimes feel “hard” or “boring” to have to listen to, and consider others perspectives. But it gets easier (and more empowering) as time goes on as they realize that their words and needs are actually important, heard and respected. Perspective taking, courage to speak up, leadership, conflict resolution, community responsibility, communication, collaboration, creative thinking….all packed into one beautiful meeting. And it’s real life practice…not some adult-contrived lesson-plan designed to “teach” these skills. We see this as a amazing part of our “curriculum” (to put it that way) and if anyone wants to talk more about the psychological and educational value of such practices, we are always up for talking about it!

Last week, a new (returning) member of Wildwood joined us…Owen White! And this week our friends Connor and Oliver Cook will be visiting from one of our sister schools- Heartwood ALC in Atlanta! We also have two ASU students volunteering with us this week, Michaela and Julie, who are working with us as part of a Child Development service learning course. They will be spending time with us and creating offerings for our kids each week for most of this semester.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • This TUESDAY we will be meeting at Camp Sky Ranch for Wildwood! Please drop off and pick up at Camp Sky Ranch Sky Ranch, 634 Sky Ranch Rd. It is off Winklers Creek Road, and Google Maps can take you right there. (Follow the gravel road all the way down, past the office building, through a small shallow water crossing — go slow — to the final parking area. Same drop off and pick up times! There is a creek to play in, hiking trails, big grassy fields…lots of nature to explore and space to play. Please send kids with outdoor gear for whatever the weather and outdoor activities may bring: towel, water shoes, change of clothes…sunscreen/hat/sunglasses if it looks sunny and you’d like them to have these things…rain jacket and an extra layer in case it’s chilly…shoes for running and hiking…any balls or outdoor games they’d like to bring…maybe a book to read and a hammock if they have one… 🙂
  • This Saturday September 29 is our Wildwood Potluck at Valle Crucis Park! We’ll also have several facilitators, parents, and kids from other ALCs visiting, so will be a great chance to connect with them! We’ll arrive with the visitors around 5:30pm, but feel free to arrive earlier for more play time in the park! Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.
  • THANK YOU to Erin for volunteering to take our trash and recycling, and to the Campbells for volunteering to wash our rags/towels!
  • We still need several volunteers to be on a finance/fundraising committee! Please let us know asap if you would like to help out with some ideas/planning for fundraising. This is probably the most essential and needed volunteer task there is for the health and sustainability of Wildwood! This group would lead the planning of fundraising activities, but everyone can share in helping carry them out.
  • We are looking for someone who would be willing to put together a new Wildwood Directory like what we had last year with pics of families. Can you do it? Let us know. You can edit the old directory to include new families and update contact information.

COMING UP:

Tuesday September 25: Camp Sky Ranch Wildwood Day! See details above.

Saturday September 29, 5:30pm: Wildwood Potluck at Valle Crucis Park, with regional ALC visitors (facilitators, parents, and kids)! See details and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Monday/Tuesday October 22-23: Fall Break, Wildwood is closed (two days have been added to the end of the year to make up for this change…the last day is now May 22. See below for the complete 2018-19 calendar. Please let us know if you have any questions about this, or need help with child care those two days!

Some of the Offerings and Moments that happened this week…

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Drawing Club with Ray

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Rebekah led the first weekly Crazy 8’s Math exploration workshop. Talked about so many types of 2D shapes as we created (polygon, parallelogram, trapezoid, rhombus, square, rectangle, equilateral and isosceles triangles, pentagon, hexagon, etc) and explored which shapes could be made into repeating patterns with no gaps…the first of our new series of Crazy 8’s math club activities! The kids added their own twists…coming up with creative ways to figure out how many triangles are in the big triangle and making “houses” with lots of different shapes in them.

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Bullet Journaling in the cave of triangles!

 

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Alyssa’s Birthday Party!

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New child-created watercolor cards for our Werewolves game

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Playing a laser logic game

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Creating and playing a new board game

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The beginning of the Cascade Falls trail

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Inside the 19th century house at Tompkins Knob

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Sophia Weaver’s birthday! Showing us her cool scuba equipment. She was certified the next day!

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1st Change up meeting. Came up with new practices to address use of language (what words are we not ok with using at WW)

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Quick walk on Tuesday while the rest of the crew prepped for Alyssa’s Surprise party!

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Attempting to repair broken clocks.

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She’s always the first in the water….any weather…any temperature

WILDWOOD 2018-19 CALENDAR:

Sept. 4        First Day of Wildwood 

Oct. 22-23   Fall Break

Nov. 22       Thanksgiving

Dec. 13       Last Day before Winter Break

Jan. 7          First Day back after Winter Break

Jan. 21        Holiday (MLK Jr. Day)

March 4-5   Wildwood Closed

April 22-25 Second Spring Break

May 22        Last Day of Wildwood

Wildwood Newsletter Week 1 9/8/18

“Self-education through play and exploration requires enormous amounts of unscheduled time—time to do whatever one wants to do, without pressure, judgment, or intrusion from authority figures. That time is needed to make friends, play with ideas and materials, experience and overcome boredom, learn from one’s own mistakes, and develop passions.”
― Peter O. Gray, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life


Hi everyone!

Our community is off to a vibrant start! We had a short, very full first week. The main goals of the first weeks of the year include getting to know everyone, setting the foundations for creating a safe and supportive community, and learning the flow and systems at WW. We played a lot of group games, and these first days can feel a bit more adult directed than usual….which is needed at the start to get everyone to a similar baseline of understanding and feeling connected with each other.

This week we got to know new folks, explored the surrounding area (including finding a secret trail to a nice wooded spot), played lots of games, cooked in the kitchen, trained ourselves on how to clean at the end of the day and went over our basic Community Member Agreements. We have had many kids and adults offering activities, plus plenty of unstructured play time and socializing! Below are some pics and short descriptions of some of the happenings.

We will be starting our personal goal setting process this week, so (if you haven’t already) now would be a great time to talk with your kids about what personal interests and goals they may have. We will be talking with them too. Goals can be skill-based, interpersonal, physical, etc. Examples of goals could be: to learn something new, start an artistic creation or project, work up to creating a offering at WW, start a book club, organize a service project, or develop a practice…..the possibilities are endless. We are also planning a field trip to Cascade Falls sometime in the next couple of weeks, so be on the lookout for an email with details soon!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Please bring your child’s paperwork in if you have not yet.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Saturday September 29 at 5:30pm…Wildwood Potluck at Valle Crucis Park! (We’ll also have several facilitators and their kids from other ALC’s visiting, so will be a great chance to connect with them!)
  • If you have old sheets you are not using we can add them to the fort making kit!

COMING UP THIS MONTH:

Tuesday September 25: Camp Sky Ranch Wildwood Day! Please drop off and pick up at Sky Ranch.

Saturday September 29, 5:30pm: Wildwood Potluck at Valle Crucis Park

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Some of the Offerings and Moments that happened this week…

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Listening music, journaling, lounging and connecting.

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Alyssa led 2 workshops on Bullet Journaling as a means to plan, organize and set goals. Several kids worked on their journals most of the day on Thursday.

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Nicole brought materials for an up-cycling leather crafting makers space. People made satchels, purses, earrings and phone cases. The leather was salvaged from Carroll Leather goods scraps.

Sophia making a leather purse

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It was a HOT couple days with temps in the 80’s! But we made some time to explore the area around the new space. Beautiful views after an uphill hike!

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Chinese Jumprope

 

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Pictionary was a huge hit on Thursday. We will be doing that again. Lots of good communication.

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Start of a weekly Yoga practice

 

Emma’s family donated this awesome blow up couch. So many laughs and connection happened here on day one!

 

Some messing around in the makers lab. All the many uses for hot glue!

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Sophia led a class on Kawaii drawing.

 

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Exploring the apple tree up the hill

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Hiking up the hill to the secret apple tree!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildwood Newsletter 3/25/18

Our apologies for the delay in the newsletters! So much going on with visitors, meetings, interviews and planning! Here are some happenings since we last wrote:

During the week before spring break, Sophia Weaver brought in a video about hellbenders and the need to preserve their habitat by not moving rocks in rivers…this awareness was brought to our change-up meeting, and the group that discussed this topic decided that we should stop moving any rocks in the river (other than small ones for skipping) until we could gather more information about how this affects the river ecosystem. Several kids who have been enjoying building a dam/bridge in the river were not happy with this new practice, and created signs “protesting” the limit on building with rocks in the river. Other kids then created “counter-protest” signs promoting the need to save the hellbenders, and there was some chanting back and forth as each group (pretty peacefully 🙂 ) paraded with their signs. After some discussion, Silas and Ray decided to gather information from river experts before the next WW day, in hopes that this would bolster their argument to allow building in the river again. Silas called the Department of Natural Resources and the Watauga River Keepers, and came back with a full report that he gave to the group…he was disappointed in what he was told, but shared it anyway: that although hellbenders are not likely to live in our section of the river, moving the rocks can disrupt the ecosystem here by altering the habitat for other river creatures (and could create difficulties for hellbenders downstream)…and that they recommended that we leave alone all rocks in or near the river that are bigger than a child’s palm. The kids all listened attentively to his report, and decided unanimously to follow these limits after hearing all the information. The whole process was fascinating to experience…something that emerged completely from kids’ interests and expressions of opinion evolving from 1) clashing viewpoints to 2) gathering information from reliable sources to 3) sharing this information and coming to a complete consensus…all in the span of a few days!

Over the past few weeks we have also been enjoying learning about a sample of eggs collected from a vernal pond in the bog. We had to first identify what they were…it turns out they are not  salamanders but frogs, and we had to closely observe what characteristics made this distinction. We built a habitat, learned what they ate, and how much oxygen they needed (Thanks Alyssa!). Several kids studied the life cycle of the frogs and how quickly they go through each stage. We found they are going faster through the stages because they are inside in the warm air. They are sprouting legs and we will be transferring them to a new habitat soon!

A group of kids has been working on a child-produced, directed, and led play (turned movie). The working title is “Where’s Hazal”. Sita has worked hard writing 10 scenes, and the whole group has been working on planning and negotiating the storyline, figuring out how a play should work, script-writing, acting, designing costumes and props, how to handle kids quitting and the need for commitment, etc…while getting a great deal of experience with collaboration, leadership, working through challenges/frustrations, listening to each other, speaking up when needed, using clear and honest communication, time management, and so much more. What they end up “producing” or not “producing” in the end is far from the greatest benefit we are seeing here…the process, and all the components and learning that are taking place have taught them so much about themselves and others. It’s also been very rewarding to witness how kind they are to each other throughout this effort, and how much they learn and grow through completely owning such a project!

Some more highlights from recent weeks include: super fun snow play, our first weekly visit from ASU theater student Caleb leading a drama workshop on “How to Be Hilarious” (timing, exaggeration, etc. and trying out our skills in a silly mini-play), chemistry exploration with Emma’s brother Jack, ongoing writing clubs (several unique and inventive stories in the works!), more ASU student visitors who will be helping kids with a project on learning about different cultures/cuisines, making bird feeders, rubik’s cube lessons from Ray, identifying mystery jaw bones found in the bog (Mike discovered through online searching the answer – we think- a white-tailed deer), hosting two students from ALC Mosaic in Charlotte (so fun to learn ideas from their ALC experience!), baking scones, poker tournaments, blog designing/making with Nicole, lots of French learning (and spending the day with French visitors David – who lives in Boone – and his brother Florent who is visiting the US for the first time!), a much anticipated and joyful surprise birthday party for Connor, sorting through photos for the yearbook with Alyssa, lots of games (Ticket to ride, Resistance, Dungeons and Dragons, Farkle, Qwirkle, UNO in French), a long and thoughtful discussion of technology use and media literacy, and reading aloud A Wrinkle in Time and Clementine.

Have a great week!

Rebekah

ANNOUNCEMENTS/REQUESTS:

  • Thank you so much to everyone who came to our community meeting last Sunday! Notes from the meeting will be sent out soon.
  • Next week we will be on break Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3!
  • Parents are welcome at the ALC summer training in Charlotte if anyone is interested! It’s a great way to learn more about the model and philosophy, ask questions of other facilitators who have been doing this for years, and really experience what it’s like to participate in an ALC firsthand. There is a 3-day “Foundations” option (core ideas/theory/practices of ALC and exploring the “deschooling” process) for $225, and a 5-day option that includes 2 more days of offerings to dive deeper into specific areas of interest for $350. Spots are filling up, so if you’re interested please sign up soon!
  • The weather looks like it will warm up later this week..so just a reminder about supplies kids need to bring if they may want to wade in the river: a towel, AT LEAST one change of clothes, a plastic bag (or wet bag) to keep wet items, and shoes to wear in the water.
  • We have decided to postpone the “Adult Day of Play” until late summer or fall…we have been having trouble finding a day everyone can come, as well as having logistical difficulties in location for that many people. Our new location will be much better suited to having a big group of parents with us for a day! 🙂
  • Sita will continue to sell eggs from her family’s hens on Mondays at pick-up time, $4/dozen!
  • Anyone interested in helping to make a 2018 Wildwood Summer Camp happen? Let us know!
THIS WEEK:
Monday, March 26: 
  • Caleb, ASU Theater student, is coming back for another drama workshop!
  • Catherine visiting to talk about women in history
 Tuesday, March 27: ASU Sociology students visiting to plan an exploration of cultures/cuisines with interested kids
Thursday, March 29: 
  • Our French friends, David and Florent, are coming back for another visit!
  • Writing workshop with Mark, 11am
 LOOKING FORWARD:
Monday/Tuesday, April 2-3: Break (Wildwood closed)
Wednesday, April 11, 10am: Barter Theatre “Aesop’s Fables” 
  • Contact Angela Weaver if you’d like to get tickets!

April Potluck, TBA

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

April 2-3 – Break

May 17 – Last day

Future Community Meetings:
May (TBA)

Wildwood Newsletter 9/24/17

Dear Wildwood Families,

Happy Fall! (Though it’s felt more like summer the past few days!) We have had another fun-filled week at Wildwood, and are continuing to learn more about each other, practice ways of communicating and problem-solving respectfully together, and build our community culture. I have really enjoyed getting to know our new kids and families more, as well as watching friendships begin and grow!

We are in the midst of our search for a new facilitator, and will continue to have applicants visit us this week and next…so if you see a new face, feel free to say hi and help us welcome them!

We had our second “Change-Up” meeting on Thursday, our weekly time for everyone to discuss and possibly change-up our culture. This is a time when community issues are addressed, new community practices are formed, and plans are made to turn wishes for our community into reality! This week we tackled how to beautify the outdoor space with more plants and trees, what to do about the issue of overflowing cubbies in the Makers Space, and how to help community members who have the “fidgits” during our morning and afternoon meetings.    

Some other things we got into this past week were: sewing, cooking club (making delicious quiche and burritos!), slime club, reading club, hiking (and troll hunting with Vivian and Emily), K’nex building, fire building and safety, celebrating Sophia’s and Alyssa’s birthdays, Table top bouldering, Othello battles, reading to the kids at Kinderwood, volunteering at the food pantry, Pokemon, swinging on the new swings outside, Batik (a fabric dyeing process shared by Annabelle and her mom), cursive with Natalie, Werewolves games facilitated by kids (with our new gameshifting board!), outdoor tag games, and welcoming a visitor from Brazil! (ask your kids how to say “hi” in Portuguese)

A HUGE thank you to Erin, Lathan, Michelle, Crystal, and Alyssa, who joined Rebekah and Nicole to volunteer at the ASU football concession stand fundraiser on Saturday!! (We were also able to scrape together two ASU student volunteers, to put us to 9 total, which was the minimum we needed.) We know it was a big commitment and we are extremely grateful for the time ALL volunteers spent at this game and the last, to help us raise almost $1000 for Wildwood scholarships! 

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Rebekah & Nicole

ANNOUNCEMENTS/REQUESTS:

  • Our September 25 community meeting has had to be canceled and will be rescheduled very soon (see below for details).
  • Here are the notes from our first community meeting on August 29! It would be helpful for everyone to look over them, to review what we discussed or find out what you missed if you weren’t able to attend. Let Rebekah know if you have any questions!
  • Nicole and I are available every Monday from 3-3:30pm to chat (and have a cup of tea 🙂 ) with any parents who would like to. Please sign up on this google doc if you’re planning to come chat. Meet us at the little house and then we’ll decide where to go. If you’d like to talk but need it to be private and/or at a different time than Mondays at 3, please email us and we’ll set it up! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with ANY question or concern or request to talk — we believe the more open communication the better!
  • Many of you have sent in extra indoor shoes for playing tag in the sanctuary — thank you!! We are starting to resume sanctuary tag now…kids who have indoor shoes can wear them, and kids who don’t will need to play without shoes at their own risk. (It will be each child’s responsibility to put on their indoor shoes if they would like to wear them — we’ll help them remember with a reminder). If you are not able to send indoor shoes and would like your child to have a pair, please let us know and we will figure out a way to find some for your child!
  • Please save any CLEAN recycled materials you have that you think would be fun for our kids to use for art creations — we are planning a recycled art day soon! (ex. Toilet paper and paper towel rolls, plastic lids to drink containers, wine corks, containers of various sizes, and more…). Please do not send in these materials yet…we will let you know when to bring it in…thanks!
  • We are trying to reduce the amount of bulk in cubbies so they can be freed up for kids’ creations and supplies…so we are asking kids to please avoid bringing bulky backpacks to Wildwood if possible. If backpacks are relatively slim, they can be hung on kids’ hooks along with their jackets, freeing up lots of space in the cubbies. Lunches and water bottles can also go on the shelves by the kitchen table.
  • On Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 there will be kids’ Mini Markets at the Farmers Market in Boone, where children can sell things that they made. It’s a beautiful introduction to production, ROI, craftsmanship, money management, supply/demand etc. Several Wildwood children have expressed interest in doing this. We have some materials and ideas for products to sell, but we are open to more! Dana just shared an awesome marble acorn necklace idea we love, and Erin Peters has loads of good ideas…SOOOO if your family has any ideas that require minimal materials/cost, that allow kids to be mostly independent with their work, and that you think they would enjoy…please share your ideas either by emailing Nicole at nschoychid@gmail.com OR asking your child to explain it to Nicole at Wildwood.

LOOKING FORWARD:

Thursday, Sept. 28, 11:30-1:30: Anyone is welcome to come for a hot lunch at the Food Pantry next door on Thursdays (kids or adults). Please bring a small contribution if you would like.

Monday, Sept. 25: Wildwood Community Meeting, – CANCELED-

  • We had too many families that were not able to attend this Monday due to commitments and illness, and we apologize to those who made arrangements to be there. We will be calling in the next couple days to talk to each family individually to figure out the best date to reschedule this meeting. We will then send out a comprehensive list of dates for all future meetings and encourage you to put the dates on your calendar for the rest of the year to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • A quick reminder about meetings… We request each family send at least one parent to every community meeting, since we have discussions that are not effective or functional unless most families are present to participate. To make it more convenient for families, we recently decided to switch the community meetings from once a month to once every 2 months (only 4-5 meetings total). Because these meetings are so critical to our community, we will do whatever we can to make sure most/all families can attend. We totally understand that illness or unexpected life events happen that may cause you to miss…and in those cases we are happy to meet one-on-one later to go over what we discussed. You can always Skype in to the meeting if it is too difficult to be there physically. Thank you so much for your commitment and energy!

Thursday, Sept. 28 and Saturday Sept. 30: Boone Film Festival!

  • Thursday, 9/28, 6pm: Youth Film Screening
  • Saturday, 9/30, 12pm and 6:30pm: Film Screening and awards ceremony
  • Click here for more information and tickets!

Friday, September 29, 1-5pm: Wildwood Rock Climbing Day!

  • No experience necessary, bring the whole family (details have been sent by email)
  • RSVP to Corrie and Jasyn at corriewk@gmail.com, and feel free to email any questions!

Holiday Schedule

Sept. 5 – First day

Nov 23 – closed for Thanksgiving day

Dec 19 – last day before winter break

Jan 8 – first day back after winter break

Jan 15 – closed for MLK Jr. Day

March 5-9 – Break

April 2-3 – Break

May 17 – Last day

Newsletter 3/6/17

Dear Wildwood Families,

I hope you all have enjoyed your break this past week!  We had some nice family time, and got to go to one of the last homeschool ski days of the season.  I missed seeing you and your kids though, and am looking forward to reconnecting again tomorrow!  

The week before break was full of activity and emotion as we cherished our last week with Sierra and spent a lot of time doing some of our favorite activities with her, like acro-yoga and climbing the Berlz tree.  We also had fun with three of our new facilitators-in-training (Ashley, Alyssa M, and Alyssa D), including practicing juggling with some great equipment that Alyssa M brought to share with us!  Our “Wildwood Restaurant” on Thursday was also a big success; we had a great time serving our chilli and salad and apple crisp, and enjoyed eating with and getting to know others who came for the meal.  The folks that run the hot lunch program were very appreciative of our meal and our service, and said they are looking forward to more in the future!  Thanks so much to all the families who helped and contributed to this endeavor, we could not have done it without you.  It was beautiful to watch the kids faces as they did this meaningful and important service. It was magical!

We sent Sierra off with a lovely potluck on Thursday evening (and many tearful goodbyes), and a photo/memory album with lots of photos and precious handwritten notes from our community (and a beautiful wooden cover with hand-burned names on the back and an amazing design by Addison and Finley on the front), which she LOVED.  She and Bear will be setting up a website soon to share their adventures with us, which we will pass on to you all.

This week we are excited to welcome Grace Scantlin into our community, as well as Rebecca Zeines, who recently arrived in Boone to be a facilitator with Wildwood for the rest of the spring.  Rebecca grew up in Switzerland, has lived in various countries since then, and attended the ALC training last summer with me and Nicole.  We will also have Ashley and Alyssa M with us this week, and Ashley will be offering a Mystery Science activity tomorrow on how our muscles and bones work!

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Rebekah

Announcements/Requests:

  • Our Wildwood community meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27 from 5-7pm (please RSVP on Facebook, let Rebekah know if you need to bring kids) Check out the Trello Community Mastery Board before the meeting: https://trello.com/b/bFKRogcm/community-mastery-board
  • Our last day of the year has been extended to May 18!
  • “Tea (or coffee 🙂 with Rebekah” will start tomorrow, as a regular time for parents to come and chat about anything that is on your mind! (Tuesdays 2:45-3:30, in the sanctuary).  
  • Feel free to schedule a hike or gathering for Wildwood families on non-T/TH days!  Just send a group email (and could post on Slack as well) to let us know the time/location.

THIS WEEK

Offerings Doc (updated Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Tuesday, Mar 21:

  • Mystery Science with Ashley
  • Volunteering at Casting Bread food pantry at 12pm
  • We are starting our “little library” project repurposing old newspaper bins into free book libraries for the families that use the Food Pantry. Please bring any retired books you may have for children through adult. We only have a small amount of space…so choose mindfully.
  • “Tea with Rebekah” for parents from 2:45-3:30 in the Sanctuary

Wednesday, Mar 8:   

  • APPlause event: BANFF films, 10am, Schaefer Center (for those who have tickets)
  • Climbing at Center 45, 1-4pm ($10/person, includes cost of shoes)
  • Last Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Thursday, Mar 9:

  • Personal Focus Time
  • Building little libraries

ON THE HORIZON

Monday, March 27

  • Wildwood Community Meeting, 5-7pm, FaithBridge Sanctuary (arrive at 4:45 if possible). mPlease RSVP on Facebook event page and let Rebekah know ASAP if you will be bringing kids for the sitter

Saturday, April 8

  • Playhouse BuildFest!  9-2pm, Watauga High School.  Wildwood will be hosting an activity, Tara will CH: to participate or give ideas please join the discussion on Slack channel #_buildfest

Wednesday, April 12

  • SciDay! 10:30am-1pm, Family Central, 626 Ashe Central School Rd, Jefferson. A scientific extravaganza, with professionals from ASU, NC State Parks, NC Forest Service, local businesses, and more. http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/events/sciday-2017

**Please don’t forget to check the Go-n-Get it Board inside the front door for supplies needed!  Thank you!

Holiday Schedule

  • Closed April 18 for Easter Break
  • Last day May 18

Important Links

Slack Channel

Trello

Weekly Offerings

Resources

Newsletter 2/27/17

Hello Wildwood Families!

First off, I am continually blown away by how amazing you all are. Your diverse gifts and continual support are vital to Wildwood flourishing the way it is. You are collaborating in an incredible space where people can learn and thrive together in freedom. I am just in awe of how connected the kids have become, how much they have grown, how they take responsibility for their learning, how they empathize with each other, and resolve conflicts on their own. It feels like a family where each person is loved and respected for who they are. Thank you, Thank you for letting me be a part of this beautiful story.

I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend. I had a calm day today, spending precious time with the Bennett family. My soon approaching departure has been present on my mind these days and I’ve been focusing on making the most my last two weeks here. Much gratitude to the Weavers for lending me a car to make that easier! I was able to get out on an incredible, impromptu Elk Knob hike with some of you on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed a full day of climbing, in Linville Gorge on Sunday, thanks to Jasyn!

Last Tuesday we had a very productive group conversation to reassess the flow and efficiency of our daily meetings, particularly our change-up meeting where we all have a voice in how we want to be together. Meetings were feeling clunky so we took a step back to revisit the importance of them, while intentionally coming up with practices that will make them more productive, streamlined and respectful of everyone’s valuable time. We split off into three groups, talked about what was working, what wasn’t and came up with proposals on adjustments moving forward. We came back and presented those proposals to the whole group which led to some community mastery board (CMB) implementations, schedule changes and other agreements. After that, we had a great day exploring outside, birdwatching, slacklining, playing and creating inside and outside. On Thursday we had quite a few visitors, two potential future Wildwood families, and a potential future facilitator named Ashley. A great game of sanctuary tag happened, many rounds of Kubb (an ancient scandinavian field game I introduced), a really exciting and engaging Mystery Science about sound waves that Rebekah offered, spacious time playing by the river skipping rocks and building inukshuks, a productive Wildwood Restaurant planning meeting with our Food Pantry neighbours, and lots of Berlz tree climbing!

This week is looking to be pretty full again. Grace Scantlin will be joining us for a full visiting week (we’re really hoping she stays for good). Tuesday we will have Maggie the expert storyteller, Natalie with another cursive workshop, volunteering at the Food Pantry, and tree climbing. Ashley will be back for the full day to facilitate. On Thursday another potential future facilitator named Alyssa will be joining us from Asheville. We will have Personal Focus Time and another Mystery Science.

Thank you again for your love and support. 

With hugs, warmth and excitement for another great Wildwood day tomorrow,

<3

Sierra

 

Announcements/Requests:

  • To schedule a Parent/Facilitator meeting please sign up on Sign-Up Genius.
  • Please spread the word about our live music fundraiser at Boone Saloon this Thursday, March 2 from 8-11pm.  Kids are welcome!  Here is the flyer to share and the Facebook event page.  Thanks SO much to everyone who has been working on preparing for this event and contributing raffle prizes (and to Corrie for organizing all the donations/raffle baskets!)
  • Don’t forget that our community meetings are the first Monday evening each month, from 5-7pm.  Next one is March 6!
  • Feel free to schedule a hike or gathering for Wildwood families on non-T/TH days!  Just send a group email (and could post on Slack as well) to let us know the time/location!

 

THIS WEEK

 

Offerings Doc (updated after Set-the-Week on Tuesday)

Tuesday, Feb 28:  

  • Mardi Gras celebration (all day!)
  • Storytelling with Maggie at 11am
  • Volunteering at Casting Bread food pantry at 12pm
  • Cursive with Natalie at 12:45pm

Wednesday, Feb 29:   

  • Amelia Earhart play at Barter Theatre, 10am (leave Boone at 8am, return by 2pm)
  • Climbing at Center 45 with Sierra, 3-5pm ($10/person)
  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Thursday, March 2

ON THE HORIZON

Monday, March 6

  • Community Meeting, 5-7pm

Wednesday, March 8

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)

Thursday, March 9

  • Sierra’s last Wildwood day 🙁
  • Rebecca Zeines’ first Wildwood day 🙂
  • Wildwood Restaurant (Some of the kids will be preparing and hosting a lunch for about 40 people at the Food Pantry from 11am – 1pm. Everyone is welcome to come to eat, the cost is donation based. Nicole is CHing this, if anyone has a crock pot we can borrow for this, please let her know!)
  • Campfire/potluck/games night at 6pm at Wildwood for Sierra to say goodbye everyone and for us to welcome Rebecca into the community.

Friday, March 10

  • Trip to see a special exhibit at the BRAHM art and history museum (More details to come, please contact Amanda for more information)

March 14/16:  WILDWOOD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Wednesday, March 15

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Wednesday, March 22

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

 

**Please don’t forget to check the Go-n-Get it Board inside the front door for supplies needed!  Thank you!

Holiday Schedule

  • Closed March 14/16 for Spring Break
  • Closed April 18 for Easter Break
  • Last day May 11

Newsletter 2/20/17

Hello Wildwood Families!

Hope you all have been enjoying this warm springlike weather!  We’ve had a great week at Wildwood…Kirra helped us make Harry Potter wands, we exchanged Valentines, Sierra and Silas braved the cold to start making a wooden birdhouse for our porch, many of us worked on personal collages from magazines (which will still be an option this week for those who haven’t done this yet!), several kids volunteered at the Food Pantry next door, we had a tree fort planning session, played lots of werewolves and sanctuary tag, did some “Berlz” tree climbing with Sierra, entered the world of fairies with the fairy house brought in by Sita, and had a fun and gratitude-focused Valentine’s party with all the yummy food everyone brought.  

We have also been enjoying some whole-group games during our morning and afternoon meetings, and are starting to delve into some mindful, focused activities during “Personal Focus Time” on Thursdays.  We are finding a lot of “flow” these days in our new space, and have been having fun spontaneous moments of convergence during the day, like when we all suddenly started humming “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” together! 🙂  Last night several families and Sierra came to Wildwood for an evening by the campfire and an overnight campout, which I had to miss because I was not feeling well, but I heard it was tons of fun.  It was even so warm today they put on swimsuits and got in the water!

This week we are looking forward to playing Kubb, an outdoor game with wooden blocks which Sierra created this week from a pallet!  We also plan to do more volunteering at the Food Pantry, a Mystery Science activity about sound, exploring our woods more in this nice weather, and planning some projects like building a little library and starting our “Wildwood Cafe” for the hot lunch program next door…as well as touching base with each child this week about their personal interests and goals, to provide support if needed to brainstorm ideas about how to spend their Personal Focus Time.  We will also be welcoming some visitors on Thursday, who both had to reschedule from last week…Danika (15) and Mike (6) and their moms.

 

Announcements/Requests:

  • Let’s have a potluck before Sierra leaves!  Looking at Friday, March 10 as a possibility.  Please let me (Rebekah) know this week if you would like to host it or organize it at a community location (on that date or a different one)…otherwise I will just schedule it for our Faithbridge space.   
  • Parent/Facilitator meetings are starting this week…please sign up on Sign-Up Genius if you would like a meeting.
  • Please spread the word about our live music fundraiser at Boone Saloon on Thursday, March 2 from 8-11pm.  Kids are welcome!  Here is the flyer to share and the Facebook event page.  Thanks SO much to everyone who has been working on preparing for this event and contributing auction/raffle prizes (and to Corrie for organizing all the donations/raffle baskets!)
  • Don’t forget that our community meetings are the first Monday evening each month, from 5-7pm.  Next one is March 6!
  • Please share this volunteer/facilitator application link with anyone you know who might be a good fit for volunteering or becoming a facilitator at Wildwood!
  • We submitted a “Farm-to-School” grant application this past week for funds to start a garden at Wildwood!  We’ll keep you posted…
  • Feel free to schedule a hike or gathering for Wildwood families on non-T/TH days!  Just send a group email (and could post on Slack as well) to let us know the time/location!

 

THIS WEEK

Offerings Doc (updated after Set-the-Week on Tuesday)

Tuesday, Feb 21:        

Volunteering at Casting Bread food pantry

Wednesday, Feb 22:   

  • Climbing at Center 45 with Sierra, 1-3pm ($10/person)
  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Thursday, Feb 23:  

Mystery Science: How far can a whisper travel?

ON THE HORIZON

Wednesday, March 1

  • Amelia Earhart play at Barter Theatre, 10am (leave Boone at 8am, return by 2pm)
  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)

Thursday, March 2

Live Music Fundraiser:  Mission Trio w/Dave Brewer at Boone Saloon!  8pm-11pm (kids welcome)

Monday, March 6

Community Meeting, 5-7pm

Wednesday, March 8

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)

Thursday, March 9

  • Sierra’s last Wildwood day 🙁
  • Rebecca Zeines’ first Wildwood day 🙂

March 14/16:  WILDWOOD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Wednesday, March 15

Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Wednesday, March 22

Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

**Please don’t forget to check the Go-n-Get it Board inside the front door for supplies needed!  Thank you!

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

  • Closed March 14/16 for Spring Break
  • Closed April 18 for Easter Break
  • Last day May 11

Wildwood Newsletter 2/13/17

Good morning Wildwood families,
I’m relaxing and enjoying the sunshine after an incredibly full and exciting week. Thank you all for being part of it! On Tuesday morning we set up a slackline across the river (thanks to the Cooper family) and group of us went to cheer on Special Olympic athletes at App Ski Mtn. Inside, a programmable robot was built and multiple games were played including the current group favorite, a role-playing game called Werewolves. In the afternoon we all went out and explored upstream into the wild marsh area. We built dams and fairy houses, climbed trees, crossed natural log bridges, and found natural treasures. We had our first Spanish Immersion class after our regular Wildwood day where we had a fire, played games and hopefully absorbed lots of new words!
On Thursday we were missing quite a few people who had to stay at home sick or tending to the sick. We were very fortunate to have Bear and Meghan join us and had a great day learning with them. We had a very productive planning meeting for Startup Lab, more rounds of Werewolves were played, and we implemented Personal Focus Time (which is time we’ve set aside during the day to focus on our individual and small group learning intentions that require calm energy and focus).
Start-up Lab began on Friday, and those who attended spent the day working/playing on our projects. We worked on a variety of projects including wooden signs, coasters, paintings, natural hair products, jewelry making, duct tape wallets, and handmade pillows.  On Saturday we all went down to the Boone Mall and sold our products, and later we went to King Street. Even though some of us weren’t able to sell a lot of our things, it was incredible to see everyone follow through on their intentions, and we learned a lot through the process of working individually and together at the same time. We were able to take away a lot from the experience, all good learning that will hopefully serve us well in future entrepreneurial endeavors.
Looking forward to the week ahead!
Love,
Sierra

Announcements/Requests:

  • Thanks to everyone who came out to our community meeting last Monday!  We had some great discussions.  Minutes will be sent out soon!
  • Who can host or plan the next potluck??  (How about Friday March 10, to say goodbye to Sierra and welcome Rebecca?)
  • Campout at Wildwood with Sierra this Sunday evening, February 19!  Kids can be dropped off or parents can join and camp with us!  Sunday 5pm to Monday 10am.  Please let Sierra know by this Wednesday who will be coming so we can plan meals together.  (The forecast is high in the upper 50’s and low of 40, so we’ll need to bundle up at night but it shouldn’t be too cold…we will also have the little house available to sleep in if any kids are too chilly in the tents).
  • If you would like to go snow tubing with kids from ALC Mosiac school (in Charlotte) this Friday Feb 17, contact Hawksnest and sign up for the 10am and/or 12pm sessions
  • We are still looking out for another facilitator and volunteers to help out at Wildwood, so if you know of someone who would be awesome, please let Rebekah or Nicole know!

THIS WEEK- 
Offerings Doc (updated after Set-the-Week on Tuesday)

Tuesday, Feb 14:         Valentine’s Day!  Exchanging cards and making personal collages.

Wednesday, Feb 15:   Climbing at Center 45 with Sierra, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Friday, Feb 17:            Snow Tubing at Hawksnest with ALC Mosaic (Charlotte) kids
Sunday, Feb 19:        Wildwood Campout with Sierra, Sun 5pm – Mon 10am

On the Horizon

Wednesday, February 22

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Wednesday, March 1
  • Amelia Earhart play at Barter Theatre, 10am (leave Boone at 8am, return by 2pm)
  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Thursday, March 2
Monday, March 6
  • Community Meeting, 5-7pm

Wednesday, March 8

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Thursday, March 9
  • Sierra’s last Wildwood day 🙁
  • Rebecca Zeines’ first Wildwood day 🙂
March 14/16:  WILDWOOD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Wednesday, March 15

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Wednesday, March 22

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Supplies Needed 

Please check the Go-n-Get it Board inside the front door for supplies needed!  Thank you!

Holiday Schedule

  • Closed March 14/16 for Spring Break
  • Closed April 18 for Easter Break
  • Last day May 11