Friday, April 28, 2017

Forest Friday, April 28th

The day that...
we saw a snail.

"I hope to see a fiddlehead."  This student used finger spaces and drew a very realistic illustration.
"I hope to see flowers."  This student used an uppercase letter at the beginning of her sentence and a period at the end.
"I hope to see a toad."  This student looked at the Naturally Curious book to decide what she wanted to see in the forest.

We found fiddlehead ferns today! They were very small and still growing.  Some of us had written in our forest journals that we wanted to see them.

For snack we made apple crisp over the fire.  Some of us helped to cut the apples before we added the other ingredients.  We let it cook for a while and then tried it while it was warm.  It was so yummy!

We saw a snail today! The shell felt hard.  The shell looked cute.  When we scared it Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander saw it go into its shell. Cheerful Chipmunk called it grandfather snail. Salamander called it Mr. Snail. The snail was gone by the time we got back from stations. 

In one station we tried to copy the sounds that birds make. One of the birds we practiced was an owl.  The blue jay sounded like a scratching disk. EEEE. EEEE. EEEEE. The sounds were fun to listen to but they were hard to make. Some of the birds we heard recordings of were birds that we had heard in nature before.

In another station we collected sticks and grouped them by 10's.  We were collecting them so that we can burn them in our fire.  One group collected 180 sticks and another group collected 190 sticks.

At the end of the day some of us played in the brook. We were playing with a duck we called Mr. Quackers.  We were trying to make him go as fast as we could. There were lots of rocks and some of them were stuck and we could not move them. 
The rest of us stayed up at our base camp and played. We climbed a rope and rock climbed and we played and had fun.

People forgot their lunch in the forest so we got a stick and put all the lunches that were forgotten on it.  We brought the lunches in but left the stick outside. We even put the trash on the stick and the cups.  Some things belong to all of us and we all work together to carry them.  Salamader was a good leader and helped the group. We took good care of each other today.  A lot of friends helped with carrying things for the group.

It was 68 degrees today.  We had a good day.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Among the Trees, April 11th

The day that...
we went on an Easter egg hunt!

"I hope to see a caterpillar."  Newt heard so many sounds in the word caterpillar.  His words match his picture.   
"I hope to see fox scat."
"I hope to see a bird." Sweet Snowy Owl put spaces between her words and her words match her picture. He letters are neat.  We can see that she took her time and wrote carefully. 

Reliable Raccoon is holding up the fruit and the bread that Balanced Blue Jay's mom sent us for snack today.  That was very generous of her. 

We were pretending that we were the Easter Bunnies. 
At morning meeting our activity was to find the brightly colored eggs. There was a marshmallow inside of the egg and a word that we had to read to Miss Wetzel.  There were words like it, can, no and the. At play time we got to play with the eggs some more.

We painted at the brook.
It was fun to draw at the brook. We also got to play in the brook today.  Some of the kids made a dam.
We were painting pictures about spring. Some of us were painting what we saw.  Even Miss Wetzel painted.  We used the water from the brook to make our paints wet. 

In Miss T's station we collected buds. We called them bud bouquets. We have them at our tables now and we can watch them grow. 
We found a great bud and we were excited to cut it and put it in our bouquet but there was a spider in a spider web on it.  This was his home so we decided to leave it be. 
We got soaking wet. We were playing.  Some of us put our hands in the water and it was very cold!  Cheerful Chipmunk got wet to his knee. It was fun and cold.  It was a vernal pool.

On our way back inside, we played more.  We were playing in another part of the brook.  There was a lot of water today.  It was really hot and the heat from the sun melted the snow.

Selfless Snowy Owl, Brave Barred Owl, and Responsible Red Fox were carrying everyone's lunch box.  We have three major rules in the forest: we take care ourselves, we take care of our forest, and we take care of each other.  These friends were doing all three.

Our day was great.  It was 65 degrees today.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday Among the Trees, April 4th

The day that...
we played in the waterfall.

Warm Woodland Jumping Mouse wrote: I hope to see eggs. She left spaces between her words. Her words match her picture. She took her time to color carefully.

Reliable Raccoon wrote: I hope to see some blue bird eggs.  This is great because his words match his picture. He also used details in his picture. 

Eastern Redback Salamander wrote: I hope to see a snake.  It is easy for us to read because we can see that he drew the detail of a snake. We can see the spaces between the words and that the words match the pictures.  He challenged himself to use lower case letters. 

We had snack. We had popcorn and dried kiwi. We ate snack inside today because it was raining out.

We were throwing snow balls into the big puddle of water.  Nice northern shrike got water on his face. There was more water in this place than the last time we were in the forest.  Last time there was ice. It was deeper today than last time too. The water was dark.  We did not see fish or sunlight. 

This is Reliable Raccoon holding his stick so that he could test the water.  He was testing if the water was fast and how cold the water was. There is snow on the end of the stick. If the snow melts we know that the water is colder than the snow.

We saw yellow snow at the base of the trees.  We wondered if it was animal urine. One student thought it might be from a deer.  We kept seeing it at the bottom of trees, though, so we thought maybe it is sap from the tree. It is a mystery.

Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander got his foot stuck in a hole. It was really deep. Wise woodpecker got stuck in a hole today too. So did Balanced Blue Jay, Warm Woodland Jumping Mouse, and Bubbly Black Bear. 

Our snow girl was shrinking so we built a new one. Woodland Jumping Mouse was using a shovel.

We played in the stream for a little while.  We were throwing snow in the stream and walking along the stream up to our fire circle.

We had a great day.  We got wet.  It was 39 degrees outside.