Newton School Forest Kindergarten - December 17, 2015
While it still does not look or feel wintery, it is time to say goodbye to the forest classroom for a few weeks until we return in the new year. We began by giving and receiving forest gifts. We enjoyed a cool, misty, wet day building in the forest. We finished by each making a wish for forest kindergarten in the new year. Wishes ranged from cooking more food over the fire to seeing our forest classroom sparkling with snow!
Today the children brought gifts of pinecone bird feeders to hang at their sit spots. When they arrived at their sit spots, they found gifts for themselves, too. Each received a yummy treat and a card with a new forest name on it. At morning meeting we greeted each other by new names: Benevolent Black Bear, Boundless Beaver, Brave Bobcat, Considerate Coyote, Eager Eastern Newt, Gracious Goldfinch, Optimistic Otter, Persistent Porcupine, Reflective Red-Tailed Hawk, Resolute Raccoon, and Wise Wood Turtle.
|Gifts awaited children at their sit spots. |
(Pretty gift bags gave way for plastic in the misty, wet weather!)
|Hmmm, what is this?|
|We found new forest names, information about our animals, and treats!|
|After finding their surprise gifts from the forest, the children left |
their handmade bird feeders as gifts for the forest animals.
We hope they will visit while we are on vacation!
|working on a seatbelt for the bouncy chair...|
|perfecting a sit spot...|
|still working on that seatbelt...|
|making letter art to hang in the trees...|
|enjoying the bouncy chair, now improved with a seatbelt...|
|and still building those bathroom walls!|
Over a nice, hot fire we baked apples and added cinnamon and sugar for a warm, tasty treat.