Saturday, November 18, 2017

Forest Friday, November 17th

"I hope to play with my friends." - Magnificent Moose 
"I hope to see a fox." - Energetic Eastern Newt

We are still working on stretching out words to hear individual sounds.  Since we have been in literacy groups we have all been working on similar skills such as letter formation and recognizing the sounds that each letter makes.  In some of our groups we have learned all lowercase letters.

When we went outside we noticed snow.  We are learning about the weather and how it varies from season to season.  We learned that some animals need to prepare for the colder weather by gathering food!  So we pretended we were squirrels and gathered a collection of acorns before they all get covered by snow and ice.  There were a lot of acorn tops and the acorn bottoms had chunks missing.  Our theory is that many squirrels have been working hard to gather nuts already and that some may have been nibbling at the bottoms that we found.

Our snack was a rainbow.  We helped to cut the vegetables and put them into the pan to cook over the fire.  There were brussel sprouts, squash, beets, carrots, and other tasty vegetables.  Many of us ate all of the veggies until our plates were clean!

It is getting so cold outside!  We stayed out for the whole day but some of us got a little uncomfortable and cold.  Luckily we had a fire to warm us up.  Some of us felt very toasty with lots of layers!  We're excited for the snow to come.

"I played on split rock." - Wonderful White-Footed Deer Mouse
"I helped Mr. Sadowski." - Brave Barred Owl

Even after being away from the forest for a couple of weeks we were able to remember the routines and how to be safe while outside.  Before we went inside we shared what we are thankful for.  Some of us were thankful for people and some of us were thankful for what we have.  We are all thankful that we get to go into the forest on Fridays!

Friday, November 3, 2017

October is Already Over!

Here is a glance into what we have been up to for the month of October!

In the morning when students arrive in the classroom they are able to do a table activity.  Sometimes they color or play with playdough which is shown in this picture.  It's a fun and relaxing way to start the day.

This month we were visited by a firefighter.  He taught us about the equiptment that he wears to keep himself safe when he is fighting fires.  Students got to ask questions and even hold his helmet!  We get to have two more fire safety lessons in November.

Students are enjoying their new math Work Places.  They continue to practice writing numbers (0-10), making various combinations to five, recreating patterns, and comparing different amounts by looking at partially filled Tens Frame cards.

We also got to practice our math skills in small groups at the end of the day.  This month we practiced making combinations to five by playing Go Fish.  Students also made beaded strings for counting practice.  They alternated between ten red beads and ten white beads.  They will be able to use this tool to skip count by tens or count by ones.

After our math groups we have some time for Choice.  Students are enjoying the many options that are available.  They can paint, color, build, and eat some snack too.  During one of our days with Choice some students chose to help clean out our pumpkin for our pumpkin investigation.  It was slimy and fun they said!

As you have seen in previous posts, our time in the forest has been so much fun.  We are settling into the routine and are gearing up for the colder weather.  Students are noticing so many changes outside this season and continue to explore the outdoor space.  We are practicing how to play safe with others and also how to take care of one another in our community.  Stay tuned for more adventurous posts!

On forest days we also we get a chance to spend some time with our 3rd grade buddy class!  They come to our classroom with picture books that they have picked out to read to us.  We love this time so much and couldn't ask for a better way to end the week.

Earlier this month we went to Riverview Farm to pick apples.  We also sampled some raspberries.  Since we had been learning about apples, we got to see just how an apple grows and then got to bake the apples into a delicious crisp when we went out for Forest Friday.

We continue to earn "alphabits" as a class.  There have been many celebrations so far, but some of our favorites have been pajama day and also stuffie day!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Forest Friday, October 27th

 "I hope to see dead trees."  -Relaxed Red Fox
"I hope to see trees." -Wonderful White-Footed Deer Mouse
"I hope to play with my friends." -Magnificent Moose

We learned how to stretch our words to hear sounds and so many of us tried to do that in our journals this week.  We are also working on adding details to our pictures and to use realistic as well as careful coloring.  The letters that we have learned so far are: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, i, m, n, o, r, s, t, and u

Since it has been raining a lot this week, we suited up in our rain pants before heading outside.  Some of us had to borrow boots.  Since it is getting colder and wetter out in the woods we are hoping to start wearing some tough boots to keep our feet warm, dry and happy!

During play time some of us practiced the careful critter handling that we learned last week.

For snack we had macaroni and cheese.  We boiled the noodles over the fire first.  Then we added peas (and we all had to try and eat at least one!).  Lastly we added a little bit of red onion, cheese, and bread crumbs.  Brave Black Bear said that it was the best macaroni and cheese that he had ever tasted!

In our group learning activity we acted out Halloween stories.  Miss Robinson's group read Room on the Broom, Mr. Sadowski's group read The Teeny-Tiny Woman, and Miss Wetzel's group read The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Forest Friday, October 20th

We have been working so hard to add details to our pictures.  Here are a few journal entries of what we were hoping to see or do in the forest.  Some of us tried to write the words ourselves by stretching out the word to hear individual sounds.  
We have learned the letters/sounds of lowercase a, b, c, d, f, g, i, m, n, o, s, t, and u.


Here we are at sit spots.  Almost all of us remembered exactly where our sit spots were.  We played by ourselves for a while and then we looked around for something that we noticed in nature. 

During play time we were all doing different things.  Some of us were running around and playing.  Some of us were collecting sticks for Mr. Sadowski's fire.  

We also found ticks in the forest today! Each of us got to see what they look like and then we put them in the fire.  They look like little spiders but they are flat.  (Please make sure to check your child for ticks each Friday after the forest!)
For snack we had some carrot soup. It was very hot so we had to blow on it and take our time eating it.  We got to have goldfish and croutons in it.  Some of us ate our whole bowl of soup (all of the adults did!).

In our learning station we learned how to pick up bugs and other creepy crawlies carefully.  We counted how many we had first by grouping them by 10's.  We had thirty bugs to find in the leaves!  When we found them we carefully helped them onto our hands and then made our hands into a little bowl.  We did not squeeze them or drop them.

At the end of the day we wrote in our journals again to tell about our day.  Some of us wrote about playtime, lunch, and what we saw while we were in the forest.

It was one of the most beautiful days that we have been in the forest with blue skies and colorful leaves all around us.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Forest Friday, October 13th

 "I hope to see pretty colors."
 "I hope to make a stegosaurus."
"I hope to see a T-rex."

Our journals looked great this morning!  We worked hard to listen to the sounds in words.  Some of us even wrote full words by ourselves.  We have learned the lowercase letters a, b, c, f, g, i, m, n, o, t,  and u.

During play time we played on the big rock.  Some of us slid down and some of us climbed up!

Many of us also found more salamanders under stumps and rocks.

For snack we made french fries but we called them Quechee fries!  Mr. Sadowski helped us cut potatoes from the garden.  Some were white and some were a magical purple!  We put the slices of potato into some oil on the fire.  We all tried them and liked them especially with a little salt.

After snack we did a leaf rubbing activity.  We had to find three different types of leaves and use a crayon to color and see the details of the leaves through the paper.  We may do this again during play time next week.

Before we went inside, some students acted out a story told by Mr. Sadowski about birds and how they live and grow.  It was funny to see our classmates pretend to be birds.

"I played on the big rock."
 "My friends played karate."
"I liked snack."

When we were inside we wrote about our day.  After being outside all day, we can add so many more details to our pictures.  We also know what we want to write about more quickly because we have new and fun ideas from what we have done outside!

We wore a lot of layers outside today.  Noble North American River Otter said that she felt like a marshmallow!  When we came out of the woods we were so much warmer because it was sunny.  We had a nice day.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Forest Friday, October 6th

Here are some of our journals.  We wrote in them while it was raining this morning.  Some of us helped Miss Wetzel write our words by listening for the sounds that we know.  So far we have learned the lowercase letters b, c, f, i, m, n, o, t, and u.

Most of us remembered where our sit spots were today!  We went straight there and sat quietly, looking for something that we noticed around us.  Then we got to share what we noticed with our friends around the fire.

The adults started our snack for us while we were inside.  They peeled and cut the apples for our apple crisp.  We used the apples that we had picked at Riverview Farm this week.  Once we were outside we mixed oats, sugar, cinnamon, and flour which we cooked over the fire with the apples.  Everyone tried some.  Some of us didn't like it but others loved it and had a second helping!

It was pretty slippery outside because of the rain but we still had a great time.  Some of us played with a rope and helped pull friends up the big rock.  Others pretend played like we were animals.  We also had fun raking leaves around our home base.
Since it was rainy we got to wear rain pants today!  
We had fun on this chilly fall day!