This was our last week of Summer Break. Which does not really mean a break at all. It means we add a few children... in most cases, siblings to ones here OR past playschool children who have come back to spend the summer with us. Now that school is starting up, we will lose several children. While the summer is crazy busy for us, we are always sad when children leave us to go to school elsewhere. The children seemed to feel it too. They seemed to not only savor our outside hikes, wading, picnics and such. But they seemed to savor the time spent with one another a little more.
Garden time was appreciated more with the knowing that several would not be enjoying the gifts it offers again until next summer.
Lots of successful hill and cave climbing occured this week,
with some children finally making it to the top!
And on the last day, the older children, the ones leaving us to go on to school, asked to walk around the big field and climb the farm gate, one last time.
There was lots of child initiated handholding....
by children who normally run off with the gang.
We pray they will forever carry a part of our little playschool in their hearts and souls.
We know we will forever love the time we spent with them.
"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education." --Luther Burbank