|The children enjoyed popcorn cooked over our fire in the forest.|
Today we had our first fire in the forest classroom this school year. We began with our traditional fire story told aloud, about a child who gets lost in the forest and follows Grandpa Jack's advice to stay in one place. While there the child falls asleep and wakes to see Grandpa Jack has found her due to the smoke from her fire. But the fire is a mystery to the child who does not remember making one but dreamed about friendly animals making a warm fire nearby, including chickadees bringing chickadee-sized sticks, mice bringing mouse-tail sticks, and a lumbering beaver carrying beaver-sized sticks. They return home, safe and happy, to a warm dinner, with more knowledge about making a fire.
We spent a few minutes sitting at our new sit spots spread across the forest classroom. Then we had morning meeting with a greeting, sharing, and weather report. The children began predicting if the temperature would be warmer or cooler than the previous week, something we will continue to do. Along with our regular snacks we enjoyed popcorn cooked over the fire. We read the book Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky, an author whose nature stories we've been reading this week. We are thinking of animals preparing for winter.
The children had an active playtime with lots of stick-play, breaking apart rotten logs, and making a doorway between two trees. We ended the morning by each sharing something we're thankful for in the forest or about the day. Later in the classroom the children completed their journals about forest day.
The temperature at 10:00 is 46º F.
The weather is a little bit windy and cold.
|The children walk to the forest with their orange on for safety during hunting season.|
|Some sit quietly at sit spots.|
|Some actively enjoy their sit spots.|
|Some decorate their sit spots with natural materials.|
|One explains what he touched with his raccoon hands on the way into the forest while others listen.|
|The children used their hands to show how they liked sit spots so far: up high for a lot, medium for medium, and low for not very much. The group talked about ways to make sit spots their own and enjoyable.|
Reflecting on the morning:
|While one talks about the morning while holding the talking stick, others listen. The reflection question today was to say something about the forest for which you are thankful or just something about the day.|