Though icy temperatures persist, the trees still prepare for spring. The children made wintery discoveries as we learned about maple sugaring.
As snowflakes fall, icicles drip, woodpeckers tap and branches crackle, we listen for winter sounds. Natural objects and recycled materials can be musical – see how we explored the winter landscape.
Children tromped in the snow and examined winter animal clues (we even found a raccoon taill…) We built forts with old Christmas trees, too. We are loving the all this snow!
What could be better than cider around a campfire? The children learned all about how fire is helpful to people firsthand. Our students loved gathering fire wood (mouse tails, chickadee perches and beaver wood) to build the fire together. They painted and then placed “firesticks” around the fire pit to delineate a circle for safety. The storytelling with cider was a bonus! Once cooled, children also used charcoal from the fire to draw in their jourals. Fire paintings at the easel and campfire crowns to wear were also a hit!
We explored the properties water freezing and melting in winter. We loved hiding hunks of ice on the trails to predict which would melt the fastest or not at all. We used thermometers to track cold temps (particularly good this week since it got to be 6 degrees!). We also met a toad and discovered how it survives brutally cold conditions.
Okay, not really. There were no actual bears or children harmed during this week’s classes! Instead, we reveled in the fun song and story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We introduced tents and caves during our play. We continued with snowy fun on the trails and pretended to be tired bears (some of us didn’t have to pretend!). Families also visited during class to share special winter traditions.