Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Today, Sam and I had our first class with the Waldorf-inspired Brooklyn Forest school. Our class is a 90 minute session in the gorgeous, mysterious Ramble in Central Park. We made mud and dug for worms (Sam refused, but it was at the beginning, so he was just clinging to me in general); ate a delicious and hearty snack of homemade (this morning!) wheat bread, apples and hibiscus tea; went for a small trek through the woods to look for birds and other creatures; and ended with a lovely circle-time of songs and bounces.
Sam was very shy when we first arrived, and refused to be set down until the head teacher, Shamika, started singing her song about washing hands and giving thanks for the food. He sat with me on a large log and, after much contemplation, allowed himself to accept an apple slice and several hunks of bread with butter. The bread was incredibly good. Two teachers bake it first thing every morning (at their offices) and the head teacher transports it in a large picnic basket in the pan. The bread was still warm to the touch. They also provide a pair of tiny, ceramic cups for each child/caregiver to take home and bring back each week. Sam chugged his tart, refreshing tea one-handed (he’s so good at drinking from glasses now, and this one is half the size of his glasses at home) and repeatedly held it out for more.
Once he’d put away the size able snack, Sam was very ready to join the class on the walk through the woods, and in fact, did not want to turn back. He asked me to keep going with him, but I told him we had to follow the teacher, and he complied. Looks like Nathan and I will need to start taking him for walks in the Ramble!
We stopped for a quick lunch on the way home and both fell sound asleep as soon as we got in bed for our nap.