After missing school for a week we were so glad to be back in our woods. It was our first rainy Forest Monday, but that didn’t stop us from immersing ourselves in the mud, pine needles, and leaves. Now that it is hunting season, we are all wearing our blaze orange.
Check out the book we wrote about the fort we made last week. Avery’s mom, Mrs. Johnson, came out to the woods with us and was a big help. We missed Forest Monday this week, but are looking forward to getting out there next week!
In writing workshop we have been working hard at writing true stories and teaching books since school started. Here are the steps we took to write this true story, and all the ones we write on our own:
- Think of something that happened or something we did
- Practice telling it like a storyteller
- Draw pictures with details
- Add labels
- Write a sentence that tells the story (we do that as a class, but we’re not there on our own yet)
And of course…. #6: Read it over and over again. We are writers!
We cut out and sewed apples and then wrote a story about our applesauce making adventure last week. This all came from discovering “Apple Hill” which is the first big hill on our hike. On the first Forest Mondays we noticed that the ground on this hill was completely covered with apples. We couldn’t help but to gather them!
This was also the week that we got to learn about making cider from Mr. Don Sanders. It tasted delicious too! A great year for apples.
This is some of the writing we did together about our Forest Monday. We are working on labeling things in writing workshop. The Kindergarteners figure out what sound a word or name starts with and then come up with the letter. I write the rest of the word. We then thought of a few different sentences that could go with the picture, and chose one to write.
Stay tuned for more of our writing!
We did a full afternoon in the woods today, and boy were we exhausted! We learned how to put on Grundens, then trekked out to the woods (gathering apples on the way), ravenously ate lunch, and then played, played, played. We learned about tree climbing safely, the outhouse, and explored farther afield, making many new discoveries. We read Over in the Meadow and practiced counting to ten and then found groups of nature objects in ones, twos, and threes– like sticks, pine cones, leaves, and berries.
It is harder to take pictures when it is just me outside, so bear with the sparer blog postings until I get some volunteers out with me!
A new class of Kindergarteners turned into mighty woods explorers today! We hiked all the way out to the woods, found the fire circle and tarp, and played together. We learned about how to play safely with sticks, found lots of worms, and used saplings as “bouncy trees.” We can’t wait for next week.
Today was our last Forest Friday of the year. Hot and sunny, but still, not many bugs. We did find lots of spiders. It was also Jaydon’s birthday circle, and his mom and dad came out to join us.
Jaydon found a few tiny pieces of eggshell on the ground. We looked all around for where they had come from, but couldn’t find a nest. It must have been way up high, he told me. I realized that I’d also found a few gray feathers nearby earlier. Had some kind of predator eaten both bird and eggs?
I asked the Nature Kids what I should write in our last blog post, and, in addition to everything above, Josie summed it up nicely: “Say that we had fun and that we hope you have fun in our woods too.” Yes. As we move into summer, please bring your children to the woods to play with friends and siblings. It has been a phenomenal year playing and growing together, and it doesn’t have to stop now that Kindergarten is over.
Could the woods be any more lush? They seem to be getting greener and greener. Another cool Forest Day, with sprinkles of rain during lunch. Today parents and grandparents joined us out in the woods for our Forest Celebration. They hiked through the ravines and over the streams, passed around the leaf to say good morning, sat with us in our Sit Spots, and saw what kind of climbing, exploring, and playing we do every week.
Thanks to those of you who came out! And thank you to all of you who have been so flexible and supportive during this whole year of Forest Fridays. The gear, the backpack packing, the smoky, dirty, tired kids on Friday afternoon… We appreciate all that you’ve done to help make these days successful.
A beautifully green, cool June day in the woods. No bugs! We were lucky enough to be joined by Mollie’s mom, Miss Corie, who used to run her own outdoor Kindergarten. It was also Malaky and Henry’s birthday circle. Henry’s mom and dad came with treats for us. They brought baby Molly, Mrs. Mackenzie’s daughter. It is great to have visitors of all ages out in the woods!