We had our first full Forest Monday today, from 9:30 am until about 1:30 pm! And it was HOT out in the woods.
The apple tree near the garden has great-tasting fruit. Rowen found a drop that was in good shape!
Nora and Lyndon navigating the ravine, with backpacks this time!
We pretended to be animals and built their homes today. Amelie was a deer and this is her bed.
Logan and Hayden were coyotes and worked on the roof of this den.
Emilia was a bird and built a nest.
With Miss Karen, kids worked on counting to five and collecting plants that were the same (and then different).
With Mrs. Y, kids worked on phonics (the letters M and S).
Jackson found this strange caterpillar with eyespots. I thought maybe it was a swallowtail??
Fairy house builders – Laurel, Nora, and Amelie.
Lyndon: “I played Power Rangers with my friends.” He wrote “me” and “P” for “Power Rangers.” You can clearly see the different colors!
The documentation of the fairy house building by Amelie. You can see where she labeled “me” and “Nora” with the first letter.
Laurel: “I made a bird nest.” You can see where she is also writing letters around her picture. The bird nest is in the top left by the “M” for “me.”
Gemma: “I made a bed out of logs.” I think the G is for her, and maybe the S is for Silas?
Our class shared writing. We all helped draw the pictures. It was important that we found poison ivy and talked about what it looks like so we don’t play in it!
We had a great day out in the woods today with Mrs. Johnson’s class. It was partly cloudy, breezy, and warm or cool depending on what you were doing.
Of course we did a LOT of climbing. Apple trees really are the perfect trees for climbing.
Jack and Nathaniel, with help from others (like Jacob) built a fort!
The fort quickly turned into an applesauce factory.
We collected a lot of apples, and Jackson, Hayden, and Braxton found it hilarious to try and walk on them– resulting in a lot of falling down!
Jacob was trying to cut a root for Leon and Noel with his chopping tool.
Vinnie went fishing with his stick.
Then we hike further on our trail for a loop back to school. These kids did great on their first crossing of “The Big Ravine”
Back at school, we debriefed the story of our day, and each kindergartener did their “Forest Journal” which they will add to all year.
Hayden: “Me carrying some apples.” The apples are the big circles all around him. You can see below where he is learning to write his name.
Jack: “Me climbing trees. And all the kids are playing in the grass.” Jack figured out that there were 14 kids in our class but he realized he ended up with more than 14 kids drawn here! He did an “M” for me and started to write other words too.
Hunter: “The goats and the troll.” We are very into playing The Three Billy Goats Gruff! And you can see the hills of our woods in his picture.
Astrid: “Me and Clara making soup.” She started to write and finished on the back.
We hiked out to a closer part of the woods today, but didn’t go all the way to our outdoor classroom.
We played in the apple trees near “Napping Hill” (named by Malaky who is in third grade now). (Gemma)
We climbed a lot! (Jack)
Emilia in an apple tree.
Silas and Laurel.
Jackson got up really high in his own tree.
And we found a LOT of apples on the ground, many of which were rotten. (Logan)
Hunter and Hayden were running up and down the hill.
And we learned about stick and climbing safety, practiced coming together and circling up, and talked about which flowers are ok to pick. We can’t wait to get out there next week!