Being Deer

This Monday morning we talked more about deer and what they need to survive in Bowdoinham. We talked about how they find food in the winter if there is snow– they can dig with their hooves to find things on the ground like acorns, apples, and grass, or they can scratch into bark to get the tasty green inner bark. They can also eat buds. Miss Bonnie thought they might also eat the needles from trees if they were really hungry, like her sheep do!

Here are some of our deer-related plans:


Elliana: “Me and Elijah we are going to find deer tracks and deer.”


Hunter: “I want to find deer tracks. I will follow the deer tracks.”


Celia: “I’m going to find deer tracks with Eleanor. We’re pretending to be deer.”


Hadlee: “I hope to let Grace in my Sit Spot.”


Colton: “I hope to find slushy ice in the woods.” He also labeled “people” and “fireplace” at the bottom.


Eleanor: “I want to find lots of deer food with Celia.”


Leah: “I am going to find food for the deer.  I am going to find apples.”


Jacob wanted to follow turkey tracks. He wrote “follow” “turkey” and “track.”


In the woods we pretended to BE deer and looked for food and then cozy places to sleep, under low-hanging branches. The rest of the story of our day:


We had a great day, despite the cold wind!



Ice, Ice, ICE!


Elijah: “I want to find deer scat with my best friend Hunter.”


Finn: “I hope to see birds in the sky.” Something about also seeing bees is on the bottom, I think. And I think across the picture it says, “that will be outside.”


Kenzie: “This is me with Elliana.” I’m not sure who the third person is!


Grace: “I found a big stick. I found it on the ground.” This was her journal from last week, actually.


Cameron: “I hope to find deer scat.”


Elliana: “Me and Hadlee are going to find a bear and a deer.” After we got back, we talked about why we thought this kind of plan was never successful. Lucas, our 6th grade helper who comes in Monday afternoons, talked to us about his experience deer hunting. He said that sometimes to see a deer you have to sit still for two or three hours!


Eleanor got us inspired about cattails during Share this morning. Then she spotted them on our hike!


They are big and fluffy!


Celia, Jacob, Leah, and I heard and saw a few birds, including white-breasted nuthatches and this brown creeper! A first in the woods with kids for me. Can you find the bird (from the back?) It is the lump underneath the barkless branch in the middle of the photo.


The story of our day. Ice Ice ICE was the theme of our day. It can be fun and you can get hurt on it and it can slow things down a lot when you are trying to hike!

February Thaw


Sliding was in order today– and a lot of it! Mrs. Johnson’s class joined us this week. This is Silas, Lillian, and Nadia.


Sliding in every position! Cameron.


Brynn in her Sit Spot.


Brooklynn helping chip some of the ice in the fire circle area.


Celia and Eleanor decorated the tree in Celia’s Sit Spot.