These last few months in the classroom have been really pleasant. Not being outside is always a challenge but I continue to bring the natural world inside and plan lessons around the seasons.
In November and December I foraged ivy, hydrangea blossoms, pinecones, rose hips, bark…. Week after week on Wednesday mornings we made wreaths to give away to visitors, 13 some weeks, 17 another.
The talk revolves around what the season has to offer and using foraged matter and recycled supplies to create beauty and gifts to share with visitors. The wreaths were received very well and one recipient said she loved the wreath as it aged and made a dry scratching noice when she opened her door everyday. Her children wanted her to take it down because it was old and she responded “Would you take me down when I am old?”
In December and January we potted up paper whites by the dozens. Purchased bulbs but recycled pots and pine cones, leathery hellebore leaves and dried flowers all created a swirl of beautifully scented winter joy.
Using what nature provides and finding lessons in every season makes the classes informative, positive, hopeful and productive.