Tuesday after the big snow event, we were happy that it warmed up enough in the afternoon for us to go out for a short time. Recess had been canceled because of the cold. But nothing is grander than having fresh snow and the whole playground to yourself! We came back and talked about how hard and crusty the snow was, how high the snowbanks were (and good for running off, jumping off, sliding down), and how blue the sky was. The kids also noticed how the cold air felt different in your body and made it harder to breathe.


Leah: “We are playing chutes and ladders on the playground.” She labeled “twisty slide” and “ladder”


Elliana: “We are going down the slide.”


Eleanor, describing the pretend play: “We played alone in the ice and the ice was in the ocean.”  The people are saying, “Help!” “I can save you!”


Finn labeled a lot: “Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch” “the snow flakes” “the sun” “the sky” “the clouds” 


Alec drew him and Leah playing on the big snowbanks. His labels are very clear: “tree” and “the snow” 


Cameron: “We put snow at the bottom of the slides.” (This makes the ride faster!)


Elijah: “Leah and Elijah and Hunter played together.”


Every day brings something new! We really loved the snow.

Ring in the New Year!

It has been a while since we’ve posted our writing. Many of these kindergarteners are starting to write sentences! Today we did journals after our forest time.

Today was also the kickoff to the WinterKids Winter Games that our school is a part of this year. What a way to start with 28 kindergarteners in the woods on a 20 degree day! Beautiful and sunny though.


Hunter: “We slapped the trees.” He added details with the words “stick” and “the leaf on the ground.” He and Silas used sticks to break the smaller dead branches off of trees.


Kenzie needs paper with more lines, because you can see her sentence going up the side! “We were going to the wetland and we found treasure!” The treasure was ice chunks. You can see that she colored it yellow and labeled it with a post-it.


Cameron: “I slid on the slide.” He wrote “sand” to explain all his brown. There was snow in the woods, but also lots of sand.


Finn: “My friend Jacob” “the hill” “grass” “people playing a lot of the game” (continues on the back). Finn still has to finish his color, but what a lot of labels and words!


I bet most adults can read Eleanor’s without translation!


Leah: “I played outside with Eleanor and Kenzie. We played family.”


Elijah: “Ms. Atkins gave me hand and foot warmers.” The writing near the blue person (Ms. Atkins) says “gave them me.”


Hunter led the way in bringing this 20 ft stick up from the ravine for firewood.


Sweet success!!!


Mrs. Johnson’s class was out with us today. While half of the kindergarteners ate lunch, the other half went on an adventure down into the wetland. We found great climbing trees.


And broke through layers of ice.


Brynn, Brooklyn, and Tevis are skilled climbers!


Strong Writers and Muddy Mud

We are working hard on drawing with detail and hearing many sounds in a word for our labels. Last week we got to share our writing with the 4th and 5th graders, and they were impressed by our “Brave Spelling” and “Detailed Drawings!”


Hunter: “My plan is to find deer and scat.” He wrote “deer,” “scat,” turkey tracks,” and “gulch.”


Finn: “I’m going to look for leaves, roots, and scat.”


Grace: “I’m going to try to find some scat.” She drew and labeled a turkey.


Eleanor’s plan. I didn’t get a chance to read it with her, so I’m not sure if she wants to slide, see, or sit in water. Based on her picture, I am guessing slide!


Zoey: “Me and Elijah are going to look for turkey tracks.”


Elijah: “We are looking for turkey tracks.” He also labeled “the scat.”


Elliana: “Me and Kenzie are going to find deer and turkeys.”


Mrs. Johnson’s class came out with us today. Here are Elijah and Camden in their Sit Spot.


Colton and Elizabeth. We hear a lot when we are very quiet.


Avery and Leah.


Celia and Nadia.


We got super muddy today, sliding and also climbing on the very long log. The big root ball at the end was ALL mud. We wrote “sticky mud” here. 


So we rolled in the snowy field to clean off!


And made snow angels. On our front and our back!


The result? CLEAN!

Apologies, parents, about the extra muddy and wet gear today. And thank you for so diligently dressing your children in their long underwear. It kept us toasty even when we got wet!

Snow in the Woods

Our book is titled: “Snow in the Woods.” It is about all the things we can do in the woods in the snow.


We make big snowballs. We figured out that it was easier to roll them from the field into the woods than up the hill!


We slide down the hills. You can see the bumps, sticks, mud, and log at the bottom. Not for the faint of heart!


We find tracks. This is a turkey track– you can clearly see the three toes in front and one in back. We also found a lot of turkey scat.


We also found lots of deer tracks. They have two toes.


Sometimes the snowballs got too big to move. Even when you run across the field at them full speed.


A snowman! Who needs a carrot or pieces of coal?


We Love Sliding.


Good old turkey scat.


This was an airplane, with kids listening to Weatherwoman Eleanor and quickly evacuating every time a hurricane blew through.


We also explored farther down the ravine and into the wetland. We found this climbing tree and called the area Puddle Playground because of all the water.



Dakota and Eleanor, our First Grade Leaders. We brought a shovel to clean off the benches.


Eleanor and Elijah were being scientists measuring the depth of the water. They used a stick and looked to see where it was wet, which showed them how deep the water was.


Turkey tracks and scat!


This log was a plane going to Hawaii, with the passengers escaping many repeated hurricanes.


Snow Ball #2! This one got rolled from the field, which we discovered is much easier than starting at the bottom of a ravine and rolling UP.


Snow Ball #1 made into a snowman. Can you see the face?


Lots of sliding was in order.


Ever the finders of tiny creatures, Hadlee and Grace managed to find roly-polies despite the snow and frozen ground. The roly-polies warmed up and moved around in their warm hands. Later, one seemed to stop moving, so we wondered if the warmth was too much all at once for it. Next time we’ll be more careful with little animals like these.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your snow day! Make sure to get outside, despite the cold. Your kids will show you how. You could even come to the outdoor classroom with a friend or two!

Show and Tell Woods Book

Check out our most current interactive writing book! In writing our current unit is “Show & Tell” where the students write about things and places that are important to them. The work right now is on thinking about the parts of a place and writing one page about each part– but staying on one topic per book!

In interactive writing, the teacher and students share the pen. We work together on all steps of the writing process, from planning to sketching, to labeling, to “fancying up” with color. Students are working on drawing with detail and hearing more than one sound in a word to label.



“The fire circle” “rocks” “tarp” “people” and “fire”


At Sit Spots you sit, listen, and watch.


I labeled this one for the students, in the interest of time. It shows our old climbing log that got chopped up and roped off by the septic workers, sadly.

Both Kindergartens in November

After some searching around for a different platform with more media space, I decided to stick with wordpress and upgrade to get more space. So, expect posts to have more pictures starting now!


Ms. Atkins class + Mrs. Johnson’s class + two first grade helpers = about 32 kids headed to the woods!


The ravine is no problem for these kids now.


We love hiking!


Gregory and Paisley, this week’s stellar First Grader Leaders. One of their jobs is to carry the water jug that we use to put out the fire. It’s heavy, but they are strong!


This group of kids had just finished searching for all the cut stumps they could find and pushing them them down the hill. They were trying to break this one off so they could roll it down the hill too.


Holden and Mason in their castle.


Having both classes out together makes for new combinations of friends to play with…


…and gives twins another chance to play together. Jacob and Brooklynn were jumping on this seesaw.

Stay posted for writing to go up soon. We’re working on a book about the different parts of our woods.

Beautiful, Rainy Fall Day


Jacob’s plan: “I want to play with Leah.” You can see how he wrote a “J” and “me” for himself. He stretched out “leaves” and wrote a “z” for the sound he heard. 


Hunter: “I am going to run with Elijah.” He stretched out the word “running” which you can see as “RRNN” at the bottom. 


Hadlee found a very interesting bug today, “like a roly-poly but not as fast.”