Newton School Kindergarten Forest Day - April 28, 2016
|I found these acorns, and they're really cool because one's small and one's big, and I think they're both kids.|
(photo and caption by Boundless Beaver)
Poetry and Play
This week the class has been learning about poetry. We took the poetry outdoors for forest day on a chilly, blue-sky, beautiful morning. The children were energetic and excited to get back into the woods after a week break from school. We began with our focusing task walking through the fields into the forest, this time to notice something they might write a poem about or something inspiring. In morning meeting each shared something inspiring they noticed, and some told new poems to the group right then. Over snack we heard the old favorite book Frederick, about a little mouse who gathers sun, colors, and words to share with his mouse family who soon discover that he is a poet. The children each got a new poet's notebook to gather their own ideas. They set off happily using their notebooks in the forest, at the stone wall, and soon everyone ended up in the sunny, warm field working side by side. Some drew pictures, some wrote words by themselves, and others dictated poems. Children told their new poems aloud to the group. A few worked with an adult to write a group poem. All were thoughtful, inspired by the day, and wonderful!
The children also enjoyed a long playtime during which they explored further into the forest, climbed higher into trees, revisited some familiar games, and acted out some new narratives. They were joined by a visiting high school senior working on a project about the importance of outdoor play. They answered her questions and shared their ideas, but more importantly they just played! (The adults see that in their outdoor play they challenge themselves, learn to make choices, communicate with peers, include everyone, learn balance, gain strength, practice motor skills, observe, experiment, create their own toys, and enjoy complex imaginary play.) They ended the morning by sharing why they need to play outdoors, with answers ranging from " to get exercise" to "we need fresh air" to "so we learn new things." From poems to play, it was a very good day!
|Considerate Coyote writes in his new poet's notebook.|
|Wandering and noticing helped Gracious Goldfinch and Brave Bobcat gather ideas.|
|Gracious Goldfinch found her way to the sunny field to write poems to share with the class.|
|Friends shared pencils and ideas and sunshine as they worked on poetry.|
Temperature guesses: 29° F, 30° F, 36° F, 40° F
Weather report by Benevolent Black Bear at 9:25 am:
40° F, pretty cold, windy