As the summer comes to an end, Momma, Martin and Sylvia reflect on all the things they loved about the summer season: hikes, walks along the beach, blueberry picking, climbing trees and collecting bird feathers. Then Momma suggests that they keep the summer outdoor fun alive all year long: “Every Thursday, let's have Nature School!” And so Martin joins the Goose-eye Wilderness School, and Sylvia and her friend Sophia create a Nature home-school. From wildcraft cooking to outdoor games to building projects to tree identification, Nature School is a year of unfolding learning and fun.
In the four stories in this Collection, the children learn about rock stacking, a game called “Squirrels Uprising”, making evergreen tea and wild-crafted salad!
You'll meet Chick, the camp director, the four wonderful camp apprentices, and a whole host of new friends for Martin: Griffin, Dion, Jayla and Alexander.
About the Stories
What to do on Thursdays
Momma, brother and sister decide they want to dedicate one day a week for outside 'nature' school and they set intentions about it. By the next day, Martin is enrolled in the Goose-eye Wilderness school and Momma has formed a homeschool nature day with Sylvia's friend Sophia. "Wow!", they think, "Making intentions really works!"
The Deer Mice
On the first day of Nature school, brother and sister wake to a very rainy day. When Martin arrives at Goose-eye Wilderness School, he is surprised to see a bus has come from the city, bringing children who have never before visited the forest. Sylvia, meanwhile, is disappointed that her friend Sophia doesn't like playing in the rain.
Out in the Elements
The children in Martin's group are undeterred by the rain and have a great time playing together. That is, until Alexander - a boy who arrives late - brings an uncomfortable layer of competition to the games. Sylvia, meanwhile, manages to entice Sophia outside by falling into an empty garden bed filled with mud.
The Great Gift
Troy, one of the apprentices, helps the deer mice group work together by telling them a story about the 'great gift' - or paper birch bark. They make a fire and simmer some pine needle tea together to celebrate the year ahead. Sylvia and Sophia also have a great afternoon playing and working outside in the mud and rain. Both brother and sister end the day exhausted and very satisfied - it looks like Thursday Nature School Day is going to be a huge success!