It was very cold this morning so we adapted yet again and had our morning meeting indoors and took our time getting outdoors. The children were bundled well against the cold, and by the time we went out, the temperature had gone up and the sun was warming. We played Coyotes and Mice on the way, and our little mice were so quiet and careful that our coyote remained pretty hungry. We had sit spot time which was not very quiet and calm, and then we practiced one minute of quiet, still time. We were back to our regular meeting spot at the logs this week since the ice has melted away, and we checked the weather, ate snack with warm apple cider, and enjoyed a story about How Snowshoe Hare Got its Winter White Color. We pretended we were lynx trying to find snowshoe hares in the snow. We saw how camouflage works when it was harder to find the white hares and easy to spot the brown ones. We reviewed the words "camouflage" and "contrast," which the class discussed in Art yesterday. We learned that snowshoe hares can jump as far as 12 feet! On the way back to school we found a good maple tree to tap, hung a bucket, and immediately saw sap flowing. We look forward to checking our bucket for sap soon!
Later we pretended we were lynx searching for hares in the classroom. These hares were camouflaged very well, and some are still hidden. We also looked at photographs of hares and lynx and saw the size of hares' hind feet.
Weather Report by Mindful Moose:
The temperature at 10:20 is 22º F.
The weather is sunny and windy, 5 inches of snow.
|We are enjoying the snowshoe hare story with snack and warm apple cider.|
|Can you spot all the snowshoe hares? (Hint: There are 3 white and 4 brown.)|
|The lynx caught snowshoe hares.|
|"Look what I found!"|
|We found a nice maple tree to tap.|
|We are watching the drips of sap.|
Thank you to Kate for lending us your drill!
Books we consulted in class today included:
Naturally Curious: Day by Day, by Mary Holland,
Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign, by Paul Rezendes, and
Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide, by Lynn Levine and Martha Mitchell.