This week we were working on using Fundations lines in our writing in order to neaten up our handwriting, to make it easier to read. These writers did a pretty good job staying in the lines. Bonus to those who used lowercase letters!
Colton: I hope to see a bird. I will look in the woods.” (finished on the back).
Leah: “I want to find a snowshoe hare rabbit with Eleanor.”
Hunter: “I hope to find buds and icicles. I want to find them on my tree.”
Cameron: “I want to find garbage. I want to put it in the garbage.”
Finn: “I want to find new tracks.”
Celia: “I want to find a deer track with Eleanor and me.”
Hadlee: “I want to find deer tracks.”
Eleanor: “I want to find deer tracks and scat under trees with Celia.”
The famous fly. We got a lot of mileage out of this little guy!
We were so happy to have “saved” the fly! Can you find it? (Hint, same mitten as before.)
Apologies for no post last week. I’m having issues loading pictures onto my home computer here… So hence only a phone picture this week too. Hope to resolve that soon!
My mom, Jenny Atkins, was visiting today, and came out to help in the woods. So thanks to her for many of the pictures today!
Notes about the story of our day.
Fox tracks on our hike.
Share time after Sit Spots. Kids noticed things like the fact that sticks were buried under new snow, that it was sticky packing snow, the wind, and the sounds of their own breathing (that one was Hunter).
Lunch. Warm enough to comfortably have hands out of our mittens!
Sliding was getting rough, so we made a new plan for going one at a time and waiting in line.
Shoveling was an important job today.
Eleanor’s dad was our other fire tender today, and he brought her little sister Margaret too (the one looking at Elliana). We celebrated Eleanor’s birthday.
Hadlee is our new Forest Kid of the Week! She is doing a great job staying within sight of the teacher (Responsible), listening to her friends share (Focused), and playing with everyone (Caring). Go Hadlee!
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!
We started off our morning with a discussion and brainstorm:
Then everyone drew and wrote what they wanted to look for or might see today:
Colton wanted to dig in rotten logs and find “a lot of bugs.”
Jacob thought the snow would be soft. He wrote “so” for “snow.”
Kenzie also wanted to find bugs in logs or “treasure” as she called them.
Elliana wanted to find a bunny in a cave, with Kenzie.
Leah hoped to see a bunny, fox, bug, and salamander, with Eleanor.
Kenzie did find deer scat!
Sit Spots (Elliana).
Alec in his Sit Spot. He is our first “Forest Kid of the Week.” This will turn into a class book, with a kid featured each week who was very responsible, focused, and caring in the woods.
Celia in her Sit Spot.
Eleanor in her Sit Spot. Her dad, Mr. A, came today as a fire tender!
Alexis, our first grader helper, doing Sit Spots.
Leah found a tree with a big hole that she thought might be an old woodpecker hole. We dug it out but didn’t find any bugs.
This tree, right next to our fire circle, is definitely a woodpecker tree. Look at all those holes! There was a big pile of wood chips below.
Our discoveries today. Stay tuned for some detailed drawing and brave writing soon!
We went out for a special Forest Friday afternoon, for Celia’s birthday circle, and because it had been so long since we’d been in our woods. There was a lot of ice frozen after yesterday’s rain!
We had a fire.
It was Celia’s birthday circle and her mom and dad brought us cookies.
Alec was “walking down the snow.” (You can clearly see the deep ravine!)
Elijah: “I slided.” His picture looks like he or someone wasn’t happy about that. Maybe because the ice made our walk out so hard?
We Love Drawing on Whiteboards!