After collecting hundreds of photographs, stories, and artifacts, we began to look for elements that stood out or were repeated. This occupied us during the long months of winter.
Water, Grass, Rocks, Snow
Places to hide
and things to ride.
The first stage of the process was to go out into the community to collect information about the places we love.
What do we do here? What is special about the feel, smell, sounds, and rituals we create in this place? What interest does it have for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, families? What is it like in different seasons? These were the questions we had in mind on our many outings.
We used digital cameras, notebooks, clipboards, and memory to hold onto what we found. We reflected individually and together sharing inspiration and telling stories. We collected our ideas to collect more.