Looking For Bugs

I happened to be there while the first and second graders were catching bugs! Here are a few lines from Mr. Kris followed by some pictures:

The First and Second Grade class came together during “Outdoor School” through exploring the farm and building a space together.  We had experiences with all of the elements at the farm.  We felt the cool water and the mud between our toes as we harvested clay, and worked with the earth to form dwellings for insects.  We fired our creations in a sawdust kiln and used the air itself to study some of the critters that live all around us. The children were able to use their own breath to capture and view our small friends using their “Pooters”.  This was great fun and our explorations led us to meet many different insects in many different places around the farm.  These experiences created a great foundation to build our class upon and helped us to ease our way from summer into the school year.

 

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Early September the beautiful new school year started in the Swallowtail’s gorgeous 26 acre property. Here are a few lines from Mr. Justin followed by some pictures:

Each September at Swallowtail we begin the year at Outdoor School.  For the first two weeks the students engage in projects, both artistic and practical, on our 26 acres of farmland in Hillsboro.  This has been such an amazing way to usher in the new year for students and teachers alike.  The children are not expected to go from the outward, fluid nature of the summer directly into their little desks and the more rigid form of the classroom setting.  It allows the children to breathe together as a class upon entering the new school year.  It allows them to play together and to experience the phenomena of nature.  It allows them to remember why they love coming back to school each fall.

 

Start of a great day

 

Early Childhood

 

Early Childhood enjoying a nice walk in nature

 

Getting ready for another fine day

 

A great start for a wonderful day

 

Learning while being in nature

 

School and nature combined. Can it get any better?

 

Making a path to the yurt

 

Preparing another path from the barn to the yurt

 

Looking for more bugs

 

Enjoying the fresh air

 

Everything always looks better when you are off the ground

Yurt!

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the recent work party at Swallowtail’s 26-acre Farm property this past week. The pad for the yurt was completed in time to welcome the framework of our new “dry space” for field trips to the rural property.

A view of the new yurt's framework (from the north, with the line of oaks in the distance).

While the walls will give it a different look when the children arrive to visit this autumn, the structure of the building really stands out against the towering grove that embraces the yurt on two sides.

The yurt framework nestled against the backdrop of evergreens.

Swallowtail’s New Yurt

Swallowtail School is thrilled to announce the arrival of a brand new yurt on their 26-acre Farm property just to the northwest of downtown Hillsboro!

The yurt form hails from the windy steppes of Mongolia. With traditional yurts, a round wooden latticework would be covered with felt derived from the sheep that traveled with the nomadic peoples of Central Asia. These structures could be easily taken down and transported to new locations on the backs of camels or yaks.

Our yurt will be made with more modern textiles that will provide a cozy dry space for our students if the weather turns especially grumpy during their field trips to the Farm. A deck will be built to serve as the footprint for the round structure, and all current Swallowtail community members are invited to join us at the Farm property on Thursday, August 25 from 9am-5pm to help with constructing the deck for our new yurt. This work party will also serve as our day to generally spruce up the entire Farm property in preparation for our field trips to the rural property this year.

The structure was purchased from Pacific Yurts, Inc. in Eugene, Oregon. Pacific Yurts is the world’s leading manufacturer of contemporary yurts, and their structures have been gradually added to a number of State Parks in Oregon since 1993.

To see images of the yurts offered by Pacific Yurts, Inc. please visit www.yurts.com