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.

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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.

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

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Ainsley told us today that she lost her front tooth!

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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”)!

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