The rain didn't stop the exploring. We kicked off our day with a look at how our oak tree classroom and the surrounding forest floor had changed over the last few days. Besides the floor being littered with leaves, the tree was now a rainbow of colors. We chatted about why leaves changed colors and introduced the term dormant. We also read a nonfiction book on leaves. After adding leaves to our ever-growing "biggest leaf pile ever," we started a collection of sticks and took them out to the grass field to make sight word sticks.
After dropping off leftover sticks near our outdoor classroom, we took to the prairie to collect seeds, mainly from our showy goldenrod plants and our big bluestem grasses. We also went on a hike in search of some milkweed plants. We found some, along with plenty of surviving grasshoppers.
|Watch out for raining corn!|
Once the rain le tup, we all hiked for some more playtime near the "inside tree." Here, we recently discovered a very nice and open area with a few fallen trees and plenty of nearby wood available to make a wood shelter.
Unfortunately, the rain wasn't as sporadic in the afternoon, so we stayed inside. However, we made lemonade out of Mother Nature's lemons and took the inside time to work on some great things. First, we used some sticks, seeds, and leaves we had collected in the morning to make our "Collections of nature" collages. The sticks became trees, the leaves became smaller leaves, and the seeds became blooming prairie plants.
|Work in progress|
Then, with the nights getting chillier and the trees getting barer, we knew Old Man Winter was coming to visit Wisconsin soon, so why not practice with our snowshoes for the very first time. Snowshoeing is an awesome winter activity that adds so much to our program, so taking the time to get familiar with these tools is time well-spent.