One of our foundational beliefs at Eastern Woodland Learning is that the meandering path of discovery emerges from circumstance, necessity, and student interest. As work on the outhouse continued this morning, the boys were immediately drawn to construction activities upon arrival. Often they choose to go right into the forest after their morning meditation and expression of gratitude, but today it was clear that they wanted to watch and engage in the building process. Pietro patiently demonstrated to Silas how a hand saw's teeth work and guided him in operating it most effectively. Later in the day when a new load of plywood arrived, their assistance was expected.
Today's adventures also included picking apples on the property, which the boys cooked both on sticks and in a pot. Motivation was high for collecting the fire-making materials. Silas and Kunsang noted that the best tinder is dried garlic mustard stems.