Thursday, October 4, 2018

Timberwolf Trail - Week 5 - 2018-19 Edition

Mother Nature tried to stop us, but even with all the rain and then the heat, we managed to enjoy lots of quality time outside this week.

Hiking in the rain is fun. Splashing in puddles is even better.

We continued observing and nature notebooking from our sit spots.

We also worked hard to finish bordering our butterfly garden. Now with sun, soul, space, water, and air, our garden will be on the way.

With hard work comes hard play.

It was great to see our friends expand their exploration of the area we call fallen tree forest.

Zooming in specifically on apple trees, we connected apple trees to the life cycle of a tree and the needs of a tree through art and literacy.

Inspired by Dr. Seuss' Ten Apples Up On Top, students practiced balancing a variety of classroom items on their own heads.

We wrapped up the week with more natural play. Besides continuing to expand their exploration range, the class also dabbled in new forms of play. Whether it be using sticks as canes an being a "group of grandmas," blazing new trail, and/or finding new trees to climb, all had the opportunity to get out and grow outdoors.

A few of these explorations even allowed for  an opportunity for an impromptu lesson on seed dispersal.

Next week, we will continue to discuss wants and needs of plants and animals and their impacts on our ecosystem while we start our leaf collection.

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