Alec, Ethan, Sophie and I all went to a story-telling workshop today. It was run by the Friends of Bishops Wood. About 1/2 an hours drive away, but so worth the journey. A handful of people there, all listening to different stories, recounting stories, looking at what composes a story, lots of pointers for when Ethan requests a made up story at bed time, something I struggle with when my brain as switched off! We also ventured outside to find inspiration from the natural world, using leaves as frogs, acorn cups for a monkey, and sweet-chestnut husks as a garden.
We had a wonderful time, Ethan wants to go back for every monthly event they put on! Certainly we will return there, hopefully for the family forest school experience in February. We also found out about a festival in Shropshire in the summer, full of story-telling.
The boys came away with leaflets about forest school, to give to their respective schools, and I picked up a leaflet about forest school training, a path that might suit me on the near future.