Exploring Far and Wide

We went out for a shorter Forest Day today, and it felt too short! But the crusty snow and hard ice on the wetland meant we were able to explore much farther than usual down the wetland. Mr. Frank came out and tended our fire and Avery’s mom, Mrs. Johnson, also came out to help. It was about 25 degrees in the woods, overcast, and very still. We heard a far-off crow, chickadees, and nuthatches. After a few weeks away from the woods, everyone was very glad to be back!


We saw lots of deer tracks today. 


Avery and Dakota playing hockey on the frozen wetland. They used a piece of ice for a puck.


We climbed on a big pine that fell in our October storm. It was hard to climb with all the needles everywhere.


Here is the big downed pine.


Dakota found a hold in the ice and made big enough for him to sit in.


Isaiah was practicing his karate chopping.


Willow and Ainsley found a wooly bear caterpillar. It was all curled up and sleeping.


They made a house for it under a piece of bark in Willow’s sit spot.


The wooly bear in its house.


Paisley! She got stuck in the climbing tree and her boot fell off. It was scary, but Mr. Frank and Mrs. Johnson helped her get out! 


Henry in first grade was one of our Forest Leaders. He showed a lot of caring when he helped Isla find her ice gripper. Here he is climbing down underneath the pine tree.


Many kids went down to the marsh to slide and explore. It was so fun to go somewhere we had never been before!


Isaiah in his sit spot. 


We found a ton of places where squirrels had eaten pine cones. Here is a big pile!


Henry kept falling off the log in his sit spot (on purpose)!


Ian in his sit spot.


Avery’s Forest Journal: “We were playing hockey with hockey sticks.” Avery put spaces between her words and labeled her picture. She spelled snap words right like “we.”


Olivia drew a picture of her skating on the ice. She has been working all year on writing her name and now she  can do it! 

Such a Cold Day

We had a very cold day in the woods. It was 20 degrees in the woods, but it felt colder. (Because of the humidity and snow that melted with our body heat.) When we did calendar, we saw that it was warmer than our last day of school. It was Dakota’s birthday circle, so he went around the circle and then we ate cupcakes. Our fire tenders were Mr. Frank and Miss Anita. The First Grade Forest Leaders were Emily and Mollie. They played baby and family and climbed a lot.


We had to warm our hands by the fire today because it was so cold.  Dakota’s hands were cold because his mittens got really wet. There was some ice on them. Paisley is kneeling on a snowshoe to stay off the snow. The snow is cold! Mr. Frank was one of our fire tenders this week.


Avery, Isla, and Ms. Atkins were pretending to be rescue tigers. We were rescuing Paisley.


Ainsley told us today that she lost her front tooth!


The snow today was so deep that we kept falling over and getting stuck. It was hard to walk. When we fell, we got back up. Sometimes we bumped into each other too. One time, Charlotte’s boot got stuck in the snow. To get it out we had to dig.


We followed the path of the adults. They had snowshoes on that were so big. It was so easy to walk on the snowshoe trail. If you stepped into the deep snow, you would fall over.

I was so impressed with the persistence of these Kindergartners today. It was one of the hardest days yet, what with the deep snow and temps just warm enough to melt snow around your mittens and form that frustrating and freezing cold ice. We learned about sticking it out when it gets tough, and had some good times in spite of it! Not many pictures, because the photographer was quite busy warming up cold hands and feet 🙂 But here are two Forest Journals that kids made when we got inside:


Ainsley wrote: “I did what I wrote about.” This is true– in her plan she wrote that she wanted to check the bird feeder and climb on a snow pile. You can see that her picture matches her words and she has spaces between her words!


Charlotte wrote, “I played with Willow.” You can see that she also has spaces between her words and she even put a period at the end of her sentence. She also remembered to label her picture (on the right it says “sky”)!