Louisville Magazine

FEB 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 2.19 37 Continued on page 102 same concept of child-led outdoor play, but none in Louisville is set up like rive. e class meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, ursdays and Fridays, if parents opt for three days. e group starts by the playground at the entrance of the 170-acre forest, with a morning song led by instructors Donna Brown and Kathryn Keefe. e kids' helium-pitched voices sing along: "Down is the earth. Up is the sky. Here are my friends and here am I. Good morning, dear earth. Good morning, dear sun. Good morning, dear trees and flowers, everyone." en they make the descent to their class area — which can take 10 minutes or an hour, depending on what kind of wonders (animal tracks, bugs, sticks) capture the kids' attention. "We're having some challenges with being gentle today," Brown says in a soft voice. Moments later, she sings, "Sticks on the ground while we're walking." "ere's no punishment, just modeling," Brown later tells me. She used to be a teacher in the Waldorf style, which stresses a similar child-inquiry learning and an emphasis on outdoor play. Prior to joining rive, she spent 15 years homeschooling her son with special needs, and they'd often spend time outside. "e children that have a lot of energy, they can really express themselves (in nature) and not feel like, oh, you need to behave," she says. At the classroom site, the students are deflated to learn that the muddy creek has frozen and they can't easily mix up the mud-and-chalk magic potions they've been concocting. "We've got tools, no toys — shovels, chalk, rakes, buckets, bug houses," says Devlin, whose son is now four and attends rive. e kids will gather around a campfire for a snack and a naturalist-themed story, about a deer walking in the woods and coming upon some frost, for example. "Some of them just want to sit and kinda stare, you know, and we don't go over and say, 'It's song time now,'" Devlin says. "If they just want to be contemplative, that's fine. If they want to be rambunctious, that's fine. ere's no ADHD out in the forest. It's just kids being kids, and so if they want to get energy out, they can. If they want to sit and work on a fairy house, they can."

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