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!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Soaring through September

Here is a glance into what we have been up to this month!

We started the year with a search for the gingerbread man that we made as a class.  While we were in specials that tricky cookie jumped out of the oven and left us clues to follow around the school!  We finally found him after two days of searching in Mrs. Newton's office.  And then we got to eat him!  He was very tasty.

As a class, we came up with a list of rules that we can follow while we are in the classroom.  We took pictures to help us remember what the rules are and put them on a poster that we all signed.  Our rules are:
1. to pick up after ourselves
2. to use whole body listening
3. to have safe bodies
4. to have calm, quiet voices

When students do expected behavior they can earn an "alphabit" token.  Once we collect 100 in our classroom we get to have a celebration!  We keep them in this chart to keep track.  So far we have had three celebrations!

Students also created Hopes and Dreams for the school year.  We put them in hot air balloons!

To help us focus throughout the day we do GoNoodle.  It's a great way to get our wiggles out!  Sometimes we stretch, sometimes we dance, and sometimes we sing.  Every time we do a video we make our Champion grow stronger.

Most days we get to do "Work Places" which are math stations that give us the chance to practice different skills.  We have been working on making patterns and counting by ones and tens.

In the afternoon we get to do more math in small groups.  We have been working on writing our numbers from 0-5.  Here we are having some number writing fun in shaving cream!

During our writing/science time students have been learning about the 5 senses.  We have done taste tests, drawn self portraits as well as many other fun activities!  Students know that we use our 5 senses every single day.  We have been able to do some writing activities as well.  Students have helped me write their ideas by listening to the sounds in words.  We have been learning the lower case letters t, f, b, m, n, i, and u.

We have also been heading into the forest every Friday!  Students have the opportunity to observe the natural world around them, make snack over an open fire, and learn in an always changing environment.  We have had such a fun time as a class so far!