Camp Rockford 2022, Uncategorized, Woods and Wetlands 2022

Actually, This is Really Fun!

Actually, this is really fun!

But my socks are wet! I can’t wear them now!

Are there crocodiles in here?

How do I get over there?
How did you get where you are in the first place?
I don’t know!

I’m so scaredthis is so much fun!

“Moving and learning play is all about doing,” “As long as the child chooses it and is physically involved in it, fun and learning are bound to follow!”
A Moving Child is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think
by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy

Session 2 started last Monday with a whole new set of young explorers. What completely different energy this group has! We have many more girls than boys this time, and far less prior experience among them compared to our Session 1 group. On Day 1 some weren’t sure at first, but within the first hour, “Actually, this is really fun!”

I won’t lie; it takes more energy, focus, and presence on the teachers’ part, but there is so much room for growth with these little adventurers! We already are excited and curious to watch them grow, learn, and change in their relationship with themselves, the natural world and each other.

For one thing there’s a lot more screaming, but it is with excitement and delight more than fear. We also notice that even physically strong and agile kiddos are less sure of their bodies when crossing a log or climbing out of the creek. They are working on their proprioceptive and vestibular systems! (Balance, sense of where their bodies are in space, etc.) A couple seem to have rarely, if ever, used their muscles in certain ways, and I will be interested to see how that may change by the end of our camp session, though, unfortunately, our 2-week camp will be split with a week off in-between for 4th of July week this session.

In any case, they are a lovable bunch and we are thoroughly enjoying supporting them as they explore and learn!

Below: Using puppets to role play is a wonderful way for young children to learn. They get to safely try out different roles and imagine what it might be like to be someone or something else, which helps build empathy! Not to mention the joy of whole-group belly-laughter that bonds us!