by Sarah Lu
Recently we have been taking a closer look at our animal friends in the Commons. Along with Squiggles the Squirrel, we have also met Marilyn, who is a bunny that sometimes comes to our circle to play and talk with the kids. The first time that Marilyn came she asked the children to help take care of our bunny friends Lucy and Ginger who live in a hutch in the Commons. Since then the children have participated in caring for, observing, and drawing the bunnies in their environment.
Marilyn shared a song that she created today at circle called “I Am a Bunny”. During the song the children were called on to share the knowledge that they have gathered about our bunnies- what they have noticed and learned through observation and conversation.
GR: One time the bunnies out in the Commons went into a little hole in the dirt. I think they sleep in there.
CS: A burrow!
Marilyn: What have you given the bunnies in their hutch?
OR: They eat it!
CS: Well I’ve noticed that the bunnies in the Commons, and the chickens too, they come into new fur.
Marilyn: That’s called molting.
MH: I have another thing to tell. Maybe an angry bunny.
Marilyn: What should an angry bunny do?
MH: Turn on the TV to calm down!
Marilyn: We bunnies don’t have TV. Maybe we could poop instead. Sometimes when I get really upset I have to poop.
Marilyn went on to tell the children that the bunnies also like to snuggle up and play with each other. We sang about all of these things that bunnies do in Marilyns tune:
I am a bunny…
a bunny, bunny, bunny.
I am a bunny and I go hop, hop- hop, hop.
I am a bunny and I go hop, hop. (Dig, dig. Munch, munch. Slurp, slurp. Itch, itch. Snore, snore. Snuggle, snuggle. Poop, poop.)
Afterwards six children chose to play with the clay that I set out as a provocation. I made two bunny hills, and asked the children if they’d like to create burrow homes for the bunnies.
These children used spoons…
The bunnies patiently waited…
as the children created nooks…
and of course slides, for them to play on.
In The Goodness of Rain Ann Pelo says:
“Time is intimacy. When we visit a landscape again and again- visit and notice consciously, what we find there; visit and talk about what we notice- when we visit a landscape again and again, we come to know its particularities… the movement of the lively things… The world narrowed to these few places… In that narrowing, the world became more subtle and nuanced, more specific. And in that specificity, the world opened into its righteous vastness…”
When we visit the creatures around us again and again, we come to know them as friends, to know their idiosyncrasies, their habits, their lives. And we see them, and their home, entwined with ours. We become intimate.