Saturday, September 19, 2015

Timberwolf Trail - Week 3 - 2015-16 Edition

Our Forest Kindergarten day coincided with picture day so I was a bit leery about how kids might react to spending most of the day outside after getting all prettied up for the camera. They were more than willing to shed the snazzy outfits and get comfortable for a day in the outdoors.

In previous weeks, we spent time enjoying daily hikes, throwing in a lesson or two, and learning the lay of the land. We talked about boundaries, procedures, and the ins and outs of our unique outdoor classroom. Though we did go outdoors for various reasons throughout the week, our outdoor day was truly the first real Forest Kindergarten day.

I couldn't be more happy with the results!

The beauty of it was we still were connected to our curriculum. We aren't losing out on lessons we would have done inside. We are completing those lessons, expanding those lessons, and strengthening our connection to the outdoors while we learn. We even are fitting in some natural play to break up our official times of learning. In my opinion, the natural play element is where the best learning takes place anyways!

This week, we continued our phonics lessons with the letter M. Besides practicing more traditional handwriting, we doubled up the lesson and took to creating letters with sticks of course. We also worked with some big books, practiced active listening, found our sit spot and journaled about it, collected and sorted a variety of natural objects, and took an impromptu break to view a turkey vulture scan the area. All in the beauty of the outdoors!




Writing Workshop time

The weather and leaves are starting to change, but the cooler weather doesn't scare me. It just opens up a whole new perspective and a litany of new adventures. Check in to follow along with us!

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