We kicked off the season of giving with a look at how nature is always giving us gifts. Mother Nature is a generous giver and we enjoy her generosity on a daily basis.
Using marked flags scattered through our land, we stopped to reveal a letter and complete an activity connected to it. The first stop was the letter A. Nature's first gift was an ACTIVE and healthy body. We celebrated this gift with a few of our favorite physical activities including a review of our Leaves, Branches, Trunk, & Roots song and a practice rendition of our newest poem: Gingerbread is Fun to Make.
We then searched and found N, for NEW discoveries, NEW places to play, and NEW things to learn. We went to the hidden forest and were given he challenge to explore a new area and/or try a new activity.
It was time for nature's third gift: U for UNDERSTANDING. We took a break at the oak tree classroom and chatted about all they thing we now understand because of our time in nature. Whether it was the life cycle of a tree or ecosystems, getting ready for winter or habitats, we certainly have a better understanding of nature because of the time we spend in it.
The fourth flag represented T, the gift of TESTING ourselves. We looked at the area that is under restoration and explained hoe this class would be testing their own mental and physical ability soon as they did some restoration of their own.
The final flag was R, for RECREATION, the fancy word for play. We didn't talk much about this one, but we did do it. We played at our natural play area and headed to our open field for a review round of Hawks & Mice.
In the afternoon we nature journaled, worked on our winter dens, and discussed our next few weeks and how we would give back to nature. We will be trying out some new handmade birdfeeders, taking a garbage collection hike around the school, and decorating an evergreen tree based on Eve Bunting's book, Night Tree.
It's the least we can do for Mother Nature.