The Iciest Forest Day

It was 31 degrees in the woods today. It was not windy and it was sunny so it felt warmer than usual. Most of the snow has melted from the top of the hill. But in the valley there was a lot of snow. It was really icy again in the woods.

Last week, no one was very cold. But this week, Reuben had cold feet so we had to walk inside quickly at the end of the morning. Everyone had cold hands when we were eating lunch (except Ms. Atkins). Ms. Burns put on her wool gloves and that helped.

Mr. Lajoie joined us in the woods today. He tended our fire. He also came before we went outside and watched us write. We write our Forest Plans every morning. They are  what we want to do in the woods. (Sadly, Ms. Atkins forgot to get a picture of him! You will have to trust us that he was there.)

On the way to our woods we found fox tracks in the field. We followed them! They brought us to a different part of the woods, but we didn’t go down there because it wasn’t going to our woods.

On the hike, Ella and Mollie played Nature Girls. This means that they have to try something even if it’s hard. If it’s too hard, they try the easier way.

It was probably the iciest day yet on our hills. Underneath about one inch of snow was the ice. Ella slid down the hill and she tried to get back up, but it was so hard to get up. Every time she tried, she kept sliding down. She finally got up by holding the little branches and she went where there were more little trees. She cried a little, but she made it in the end.

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Ella used all of her Persistence Power to get up the icy hill.

Josie and Alexis used the foot holes in the ice to get up. Josie listened to Mollie’s advice on how to get up. Henry used a walking stick to get up the hill. Kinslee climbed up by holding branches too. Olivia used her hook stick and her walking stick as tools to get up. Reuben stuck his walking stick in the mud so the end was sticky and he could get up. Nobody gave up! Lots of kids called out, “I will never give up!” and “I think I can, I think I can,” like the Little Engine That Could. It reminded us of Persistence Power in Reading!

We found a gall, which is a small ball thing on a stick. Inside was a bug called a grub. We learned that a gall is where a wasp lays its egg in a plant. The plant grows around the egg to make the gall. The egg grows into a grub and then into another wasp.

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The grub was really tiny.

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Putting the grub in a new home.

We played all kinds of things today. First we played a game that was like Camouflage. It was called Sleeping Hare. To play, you camouflage into the ground and stay still. You pretend you are white like the ground. Ms. Atkins was the coyote who catches snowshoe hares. She walked around and tried to find the hares. To not get caught you had to be quiet and very still. Alexis and Mollie were so still they fell asleep! Ms. Atkins sniffed all over Ella, but she couldn’t find her, because Ella was as still as a rock. Rueben was laying down and it looked like it was pine needles but it was just his hood. Kindergarteners make good snowshoe hares!

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Reuben pretending to be a sleeping snowshoe hare. 

Kinslee, Aisley, Jaydon, and Henry were jumping on a new log they discovered. They were riding it like a horse. They climbed on it too.

Jaydon fell on the bouncy log and he got a cut on his cheek. But he was really brave to make it up the hill even when he was bleeding. He got a bandaid.

Mollie and Ella’s game Nature Girls makes Ms. Atkins think that everyone is a Nature Kid. What do we have to say about that? Olivia: “Everybody made it back for snack.” Yup. We all made it back after a very icy & challenging day.

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