The Joy of June

This week Mrs. Johnson’s class joined us outside. We had a blast in the warm, dry, June weather. And there weren’t even too many bugs!

IMG_3863

Hadlee: “I am gonna look for deer scat in the field.”

IMG_3857

Grace: “I want to find roly-polies with Elliana.”

IMG_3856

Elliana: “I am looking for snakes with Cameron, Zoey, Alec, Elijah, and Jake.”

IMG_3855

Alec: “I want to find three salamanders underground.”

IMG_3853

We thought that our tree buds would have grown into leaves by now. We were right! 

IMG_3829

Many of us played Hide and Seek. Silas found a great spot!

IMG_3838

Holden found a stick that looked just like a bow and arrow.

IMG_3839

Eleanor and Alec were at the center of the worm and slug hospital operation.

IMG_3845

Camden and Carlos played a game where they stood on one side of the ravine and threw sticks into the mud on the other side. They got points if they got their stick to stay in the mud. You can see all the little holes! 

IMG_3849

We are getting really good at climbing little trees! 

IMG_3852

Our debrief. The robin’s nest was the big find of the day! We are writing a class book about it.

Rainy, Sluggy, Lush Forest Monday

We saw and heard so much during Sit Spots today. The woods were lush! There were tons of warblers and other birds flying around and singing. A chestnut-sided warbler came right up to our fire circle: “Please, please, please, please-ta-MEET-cha!”

IMG_3805

Alec. It was a great day to play in the stream in one of our ravines.

IMG_3802

I believe Elijah was a Megalodon.

IMG_3803

IMG_3803 Hunter and Grace. A few of us got stuck in the mud!

IMG_3807

Leah, Eleanor, Willow (our first grade leader, but it feels like she never left the woods!), and Celia. They were escaping the Megalodon.

IMG_3808

Elliana. Earlier she took a full body tumble into the stream!

IMG_3810

Cameron, Willow, Leah, Jacob, and Zoey with their slug houses. They had over ten slugs!

IMG_3811

Celia found a comfortable tree.

IMG_3817

Cameron: “We found slugs and made homes for them. And we got them on trees and logs.”

IMG_3816

Elijah: “I found a slug and a worm on the basketball court and we walked on the basketball court.”

IMG_3815

Zoey: “I got dead leaves for the slugs. I found one slug.” (And then she added “on the ___” and I can’t tell what that word is! Hill?)

IMG_3812

Leah: “We went to the ravine and played run away from Elijah.”

IMG_3813

Elliana: “We ran away from Elijah. We ran under a tree.” She didn’t quite finish her picture, but worked hard on what she did get done!

is

img_3819.jpg

Eleanor. Apparently this game is common or important enough to deserve an official name.

IMG_3818

Jacob: “We made a house for the slugs.” And he labeled “wood” and “sticks”

May the Forest Be With You

We had a fabulous Forest Monday with Mrs. Johnson’s class too. We’ve missed them and are glad they can come out with us again. Mr. Frank was back too! Better a late post than no post.

IMG_3778

Hunter: “We played Star Wars.” Colton: “We ate lunch.” Leah: “We climbed a log.” Kenzie: “This is me and Eleanor and Elliana. We played baby birds. It was fun.” Finn: “There were a lot of bugs.” Jacob: “We saw all of the water.”

IMG_3779

Grace: “Me and Grace and Hadlee played baby birds.” Cameron: “Me and Jacob made a house for the worms.” Hadlee: We played birds. some people used their jackets for wings.” Elliana: “My tree had buds and leaves.” Celia: “We played birds.” Eleanor: “We climbed trees.”

IMG_3769

This is how you can safely break a stick!

IMG_3765

Silas and Mason broke a LOT of sticks.

IMG_3774

Mystery goo… seriously a mystery. It looked like frog eggs but with no eggs inside and was halfway up the hill from the wetland. ????

IMG_3759

Lots of birds were out today. In big nests… (Elliana, Grace, Leah)

IMG_3761

… and making small nests (Brooklyn).

IMG_3773

Eleanor was a bird who could whittle.

IMG_3770

Without Grundens it was easy to do a lot of climbing and not worry about them getting holes. (Grace, Hadlee, Trinity)

IMG_3762

Emmalin and Camden were exploring a new apple tree. Emmalin got really high!

IMG_3771

And our good old climbing pine (Zoey and Finn, and Mr. Frank back in action!)

IMG_3776

Even Mrs. Johnson climbed! (with Jacob). Ten minutes after this picture was taken, when she was trying to get down… “Avery! Avery! (the nearest kid) “How far away is the ground?” Avery: “Really close!” Phew.

We just love the spring!

Hands Up for Green!

Today was one of those days when you don’t ever want to go inside. Warm and dusty, a bit windy, green buds just beginning to pop, and especially glorious after so much rain last week.

IMG_3745

Eleanor

IMG_3742

Hadlee: “I want to find birds in a nest.”

 

IMG_3746

Colton: “I hope to play with Hunter in the woods and I want to plan to see the birds.”

IMG_3747

Celia: “I want to find chickadees with Eleanor.”

IMG_3748

Grace: “Me and Hadlee will find a bird on the tree.”

IMG_3749

Cameron: “I want to find a blue jay in the trees!”

IMG_3750

Jacob: “I want to hear a blue jay.”

IMG_3751

Kenzie: “Me and Leah and Elliana and Ms. Atkins are going to get sticks to make a fort.”

IMG_3752

IMG_3753

Hunter: “I hope to find birds with Colton. I will use my binoculars.”

IMG_3754

Leah: “I want to find birds in the field.”

IMG_3755

What we actually did. We also heard and saw crows and chipping sparrows, but none of the other birds we had hoped for.

IMG_3705

Finn: “There are leaves!!!” Sometimes you just gotta use binoculars to look at things close up too.

IMG_3709

A blue jay in his nest, with his eggs (pine cones).

IMG_3712

And a mother chickadee feeding her babies worms… (for pretend!)

IMG_3714

Making a worm home / castle.

IMG_3727

Castle getting taller.

IMG_3734

Worm that broke when we weren’t careful with our digging. We decided that we couldn’t fix it in the end, and sadly it will probably die.

IMG_3728

Kenzie’s fort!

IMG_3731

And real binoculars are REALLY fun to use on close up things. We also practiced on far off things.

IMG_3732

Eliana’s arsenal of guns during Cops and Robbers. (Also don’t you love her clothes pairing? T shirt with balaclava. That is spring weather for ya.)

IMG_3733

Alec: “Listen to the sound this mud makes.”

IMG_3735

The wasp nest that Celia’s grandmother gave us last week. It was so cool to peel apart and look at the layers! If Zoey had the super power to make paper with her mouth like a wasp she would be called “Wasp Kid.”

IMG_3736

Sometimes we have to play on the same log all together. I honestly have no idea what the game was this time!

IMG_3737

Elijah: “Hey! The grass is green!” Hands up if you love green grass!

Spring Changes at Last!

IMG_3671

Friends hunting for a real or pretend snake… not sure which. 

IMG_3672

Eleanor in one of the houses. She is a baby.

IMG_3676

And we went down to the wetland, at Elijah’s request. 

IMG_3675

Wetland play!

IMG_3688

IMG_3686

After we come in, especially after a damp and muddy day like today, it is so cozy to settle down and read. Did you know that this whole class of Forest Kids are also avid readers? 

When was the last time you had a picnic while it snowed? In April?

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!

IMG_3649

Colton: I hope to see a bird. I will look in the woods.” (finished on the back).

IMG_3650

Leah: “I want to find a snowshoe hare rabbit with Eleanor.”

IMG_3651

Hunter: “I hope to find buds and icicles. I want to find them on my tree.”

IMG_3652

Cameron: “I want to find garbage. I want to put it in the garbage.”

IMG_3653

Finn: “I want to find new tracks.” 

IMG_3654

Celia: “I want to find a deer track with Eleanor and me.”

IMG_3655

Hadlee: “I want to find deer tracks.”

IMG_3656

Eleanor: “I want to find deer tracks and scat under trees with Celia.”

IMG_3657

IMG_3647

The famous fly. We got a lot of mileage out of this little guy! 

IMG_3648

We were so happy to have “saved” the fly! Can you find it? (Hint, same mitten as before.)

Snow Mostly Gone

IMG_3639

Hunter: “I hope to find buds on the trees. I think they’re bigger.”

IMG_3638

Hadlee: “Me and grace are gonna find deer scat on the ground.”

IMG_3637

Leah: “I want to find green stuff in the woods.”

IMG_3636

Eleanor. That is “ice that has patterns on it.”

IMG_3635

Celia: “I want to find feathers in the field.”

IMG_3634

IMG_3633

Elijah. That says “a black snake.” We looked and looked, but didn’t find any and decided it was probably too cold still.

IMG_3632

Grace. That is “deer scat.” Luckily we find it every time!

IMG_3621

“There is no snow left!!!”

IMG_3624

Our ice sheet in the woods was gone too. Just a little ice left in the deepest part of the ravine. 

IMG_3623

We found these last week too on the edge of the woods. Sarah from CREA thought they might be owl pellets. 

IMG_3622

Elijah: “Look, a deer has bitten this bud off.”

IMG_3625

Green! We found these tiny leaves tucked under dry grass in the field.

IMG_3630

And Elliana found green ferns too!

IMG_3627

We went down in the wetland and had to cross some small streams flowing through the frozen mud.

IMG_3629

And then the bigger stream was flowing too! We found a thin ice bridge. 

IMG_3631

Feels Like Spring!

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!

IMG_3486

Notes about the story of our day.

IMG_3443

Fox tracks on our hike.

IMG_3452

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).

IMG_3459

Lunch. Warm enough to comfortably have hands out of our mittens!

IMG_3463

Sliding was getting rough, so we made a new plan for going one at a time and waiting in line.

IMG_3467

Sliding!

IMG_3468

Leah’s lichen.

IMG_3471

Shoveling was an important job today.

IMG_3479

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.

IMG_3485

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!