I spent the morning outside in the woods behind a school with a kindergarten class. We practiced our Mt. Everest-exploration-team skills with an old piece of climbing rope. Kids got to take turns being the leader at the front of the rope while everyone else held a piece of rope in line. The students decided that leading can sometimes be hard. They said that everyone in line should follow the leader or else the leader gets tired. I thought this was a fantastic conceptualization of leadership for kindergarteners.

Led by a stuffed groundhog named Gerald, we passed our usual woods spot called Salamander City and continued down the path to uncharted territory and Gerald’s home. We turned around and played for a little while in our usual spot. When we got back, the kids made maps of Salamander City. Now, Gerald the Groundhog can visit again!