Hello! Our second week of Nature School was comprised of only one 'school' day, and so we made the most of it. The children were feeling more adventuresome and so we ventured further afield, using our 'moose legs' to climb up and over logs and brush. With a slow pace a little patience, 3 year olds can hike too! We started out out morning with a 'mystery box' full of nature surprises (fluffy cattail, crinkly leaves, scratchy birchbark, soft catkins, spiky pinecones). The kids each reached in with their eyes closed and gave us a few words to describe the textures they felt.
The children must have been squirrel or woodpecker-watching, taking a break from play to check out the local creatures.
This Nature Schooler hunted and hunted for worms...we turned over logs, dug holes and just could not find one!
The forest was our playground as the children tried out bouncy boughs. Often when a 'good one' is discovered, a line up will form as everyone wants to try it out. Great opportunity for turn-taking and exercising patience.
Collecting nature treasures in baskets...
Trying out different places to climb! There are many sideways leaning trees in our forest, perfect for getting started in the world of tree climbing...
This week our older Nature Explorers were fortunate to have a visit from Heidi, a Huscroft silviculturist. The students had the opportunity to plant their very own fir trees, and learned a lot about different types of soil, ecosystem requirements and witnessed some interesting soil tests--that involved squishing, squeezing and even tasting the soil. Thanks for visiting, Heidi!
See you next week!