Earlier this year, the Trust for Our Future helped us buy rain coats, a tarp, and base layers to support our outdoor learning. Mrs. Booth, from the Trust, came out on Monday to see us in action outside. We each wrote a Thank You card and here is the letter we wrote as a class. Thank you, TFOF! Our Forest Days would not be possible without this gear!
After our Forest Day today, we talked about all the learning we have been doing about pushes and pulls in science. We recently designed some play areas that have pushes and pulls (check them out hung up outside our classroom). We notice that we use pushes and pulls all the time when we move sticks, climb, and jump on ice to break it, for example. But what kinds of things could we add to our woods that would let us do more pushes and pulls?
We brainstormed (slides, treehouses with ladders, swings, rollercoasters) and then cut our list down to a few options that we could actually make.
- Rope swing
- Wooden bench swing
- Rope ladder
The grant that gave us the Grundens raincoats also gave us money for ropes for swings. We’re hoping to get those up soon!
Our naturalist book by Mary Holland told us today that “April is the month of the most transformation.” We read all about the changes in the plants and animals that we will see this month. Then, out in the woods, we saw that it was true: Water running everywhere, birds and squirrels active. It was a joyful Forest Monday!