After the winter break, our group has begun to return to life on Mountain Classroom. We quickly jumped right back into our responsibilities without hesitation. The first few days we were reintroduced to our classes. We have to be able to manage our time wisely with our homework and our daily routine. Even though we have just gotten back we are pretty independent with the jobs that each of us are assigned every day. We take turns being cooks, who make the delicious meals, and being the leader of the day, who keeps track of the groups timeliness and makes sure the rest of the jobs get done without any problems. As our group grows closer and becomes more dependent on one other in these roles, we are also learning just how independent we can be.
We recently did our first grocery shop of the term. This requires us to take on the responsibility of planning our breakfast, lunch and dinner meals for the entire week while on staying on budget. This can test our ability to work independently, without having a teacher or parent guide us through the process. Having this independence give us a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment in our everyday life!
Before we knew it we were back on the road. Being on the bus for long periods of time allows us to see changing landscapes and towns. We are able to catch up on sleep and get ahead on homework, but at the same time be brought into places we could’ve only imagined before.
We are also learning a lot about the kindness of strangers. It seems that everywhere we go we are lucky enough to encounter people who share similar morals and views as we do on Mountain Classroom. For example there have been plenty of times where strangers have come up and introduced themselves, asking about the program and providing helpful information about the surrounding area.
Until next time,
Carter and Dani