Newton School Kindergarten Forest Day - January 28, 2016
Today started cold in the morning, but it warmed up quickly. When we got outside it was 20°F, and it warmed up from there. The children were quiet and thoughtful at sit spots. They shared wonderful observations during morning meeting, greeted each other, played a game, and had a weather report from Brave Bobcat, this week's weather helper. Optimistic Otter retold our fire story very well, and then one child and one adult built the fire while everyone else played. The play today was very active with lots of building, imaginary play about families, and some hunting and fishing. After a busy, cooperative, fun play time, we gathered for snack around the fire. Wise Wood Turtle retold the fire story over snack, but this time from an animal character's point of view. It was great to watch children realize that it was the same story, just told from a different perspective. We had coffee cake baking on the fire which was prepared in the classroom earlier. It kept cooking, and we ate it indoors later for afternoon snack, all the better for having been cooked over our fire. For closing circle, each shared something or someone at Forest Day for which they are thankful. Some things we were thankful for included: classmates for playing, the trees for fires, and the world for everything we need. Great thinking, playing, and working together today, adventurous kindergarteners!
|To test how cold it is, Benevolent Black Bear licks frost off tree branches.|
|Gracious Goldfinch tastes the fresh snow at her sit spot.|
|Brave Bobcat gives the weather report.|
At 9:54 am, the temperature is 24°F, kind of warm and cold, a little bit of sun.
|Resolute Raccoon is building bridges over tracks in the snow.|
|Three friends are fishing together using tent stakes tied to rope for fishing poles.|
|Children work together to carry supplies into the forest and out again with a sled.|
|Children draw and write about what they did outdoors.|