Welcome to the first Willow Tree Blog of the year!
September was off to a great start, with both the Educators and the children eager to get back in the swing of things. In the first few weeks we learned how to make paper airplanes in a few different ways, then practiced our aim with targets. We made friendship bracelets for ourselves and each other, we climbed trees, and we tried new ways of making art with water colors.
The last week of September was focused on learning the 7 Sacred Teachings, to honor Indigenous culture. We went over each teaching and discussed what they mean for us.
The Buffalo teaches us to respect all living things, especially when they help us thrive and be our best. We talked about what respect means to us and how we can show respect to others.
The Eagle teaches us about love. The children talked about ways we show love to our families, ourselves, and the Earth.
The Wolf teaches us about humility, and we talked about the strength of a wolf pack stemming from the care and consideration we give to one another.
The Turtle teaches us the importance of truth, and we had a great chat about why its important to be true to yourself and being truthful to others.
Honesty is taught by the Sabe, sometimes called Bigfoot, it is a mythical creature that protects the forest. We talked about how we're honest with our words and actions.
The Beaver teaches us wisdom, and the value of using the knowledge we gain. For example, making good choices because we are wise enough to know the difference between right and wrong.
Courage taught to us by The Bear. The Bear is brave and faces their fears, so we chatted about times we had to brave. And that a lot of these teachings require bravery.
Educator Carmen played a big role in helping us with the teachings, as she provided a lot of the materials for these activities. We'll wrap up the week with Carmen teaching us to make dream catchers!
Thanks for reading, we look forward to sharing more exciting blogs with you all!
- Jen, Milena, Carmen and Emma