Hello! Some of the Winter Nature School children have become so comfortable just lounging in trees, finding special spots to return to over and over. This was a tree near the Tipi that I'd never seen anyone climb, and it looked very comfortable up there!
That stick--one end has 'fire' and one end has 'water.'
Melissa was telling the kids about coconuts, and how she visited a place where she could pick them, and drink the coconut water. The kids were astounded! This was a super relaxed few minutes of hanging around these logs, chatting and checking out some spots we hadn't played in recently. It's amazing how even small changes in the forest from day to day, weather to weather, can 'reinvent' an area for play/exploration. Some new animal tracks, ice on a log that wasn't there, a puddle that appears, branches broken along the trail...
Many 'camp out' spots were discovered this week, underneath tree boughs.
At Nature Explorers last week, our older children (K-4) have totally taken ownership of this shelter they have built, going nuts with rope and a tarp to add covering to their sticks. This picture actually shows a meeting of the tipi-makers with the 'pirates,' who had been busy taking ownership of a giant upturned tree root, complete with a plank and roasting spit.
We engaged in an inquiry-based activity about animal tracks, practicing making our own tracks and noticing how they changed based on our movements. Then we were off following tracks around the forest, and making notes and pictures. The goal for these eager-active explorers was to generate questions about the tracks, express curiosity and get excited about the mystery that animal tracks present!
Until next week....!