Watakame, the first being of the Huichol creation myth. From Jose Matiella's Takutzi Nakawe. During both weeks, we listened to the myths of many cultures that we visited during our time. We heard the Haudenausonee creation story, in which our world is created on the back of a turtle, and the Egyptian tale of Horus … Continue reading Hearing and Telling Myths
Consistently, kindness and generosity are two of the many positive traits we see in our students at Spark. Each day we witness so many moments of helping, sharing and exchanging of wisdom and skill. The children initiated their own finger knitting circle, where the children with more experience patiently guided the others through the process … Continue reading Finger knitting
A traditional Native American game called Ring the Stick became a source of fun during our week! The game includes a stick with an attached ring, and the object is to hook the ring onto the stick without touching it. Some kids counted over 100 hooks!
After examining the influence of Shinto beliefs on Japanese art and tradition, we looked closely at Zen Buddhist beliefs and Zen influenced practices such as the tea ceremony, meditation in zen gardens, ikebana flower arrangement, calligraphy and wabi sabi-- appreciating the beauty of imperfection. We practiced looking for wabi sabi beauty around us, pointing out parts of trees, … Continue reading Enso and Zen Buddhism
In just a few days, some of us had grown confident in identifying certain plants and their benefits. On our walks, we found plenty of jewelweed, burdock, plantain, dandelion, beechnut, paper mulberry, basswood/linden, wood sorrel, mugwort, lady’s thumb, violets, goldenrod, blackberry and more! We also learned to recognize some poisonous plants such as poison ivy, … Continue reading Plant Identification