|following deer tracks|
This forest day was very cold. We stayed indoors for a while to make gifts for the forest. With pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed everyone made a bird feeder. The children made plans for their time outside. They have now worked up to the whole planning page which includes the weather and what they plan to do. On the way into the forest we found and followed deer tracks. We played Coyote and Mice heading across the fields. Once in the forest everyone went to sit spots for a few minutes. We had a quick meeting at our sitting logs, weather report, and got up to move to get warm. After bear-obics, the children headed off to play. After free play we gathered in the field for a group game in which everyone had to migrate, snack and nap, turn into a frog-sicle, or become fluffier, all with movements showing a method animals use to survive winter. We all put our bird feeders at our sit spots. We hope birds and other animals will enjoy the gift. We spent only about an hour outdoors due to the cold weather, and most everyone did great preparing and keeping warm out there. Later indoors they journaled about their day and started drawing animals and tracks in a big forest day book we work on together.
|a planning page|
|making a bird feeder|
|making bird feeders and completing plans|
|making bird feeders|
|reading nature books before going outside|
|looking closely at the deer tracks|
|one friend showing another a different set of tracks|
|playing Coyote and Mice|
|a comfy sit spot|
The temperature at 10:40 is 18º F.
The weather is colder and snowy.
|giving the weather report|
|hanging a bird feeder|
|keeping warm by moving as some play on the rock wall as others set off into the field|
|migrating, what geese do for winter|
|snacking which is followed by napping, a chipmunk's adaptation for winter|
|frog-sicles, showing how frogs hibernate to survive winter|
|fluffing up to keep warm|
|a journal page|