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Autumn, in all her golden glory, is here. This week the children explored the meadow, full of wispy seeds, swaying grasses, and hopping insects. We discovered seasonal changes and compared them to changes happening in the forest. The birds are noticing the dimming light and eagerly searching for food, so the children made feeders to help them. We also observed fall foods for the birds, like spicebush berries and pokeweed, and painted with brilliant magenta pokeweed berries. We painted binoculars for closer investigation during our time in the bird blind along the trail, too. Berries abound!

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We visited a favorite local farm at the Pearlstone Retreat Center to learn about life on a farm in spring. We harvested chicken eggs, planted lettuce seeds, explored worms in vermi-compost bins, met baby chicks, and had a wonderful time!

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did you pet a chicken today?

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staring contest!

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How do The Nature Preschool students discover spring? Here’s what we were up to this week, the first official week of spring:

  • We visited the stream and sloshed our way through the mud – even getting stuck in all this melting snow
  • We made nests in the meadow to mimic what many animals are starting to do
  • We soaked up sunshine in the meadow while lying on blankets
  • We journaled in the meadow taking inspiration from the bird song, fresh sprouts and buds
  • We painted paper eggs that “hatch” to reveal an animal
  • With enough winter snow to close school on Monday, we made a snowfriend onTuesday and Wednesday and enjoyed beautiful windy spring days Thursday and Friday!
  • We used pipettes with colored water on raindrops and on snow outside
  • Families shared spring traditions with the Tulip Poplar class – the Irish soda bread was delicious!
  • We created windy weather paintings by blowing through straws
  • We danced like the wind with scarves
  • We began a spring scavenger hunt – we hope to check off all the spring signs in the coming weeks!

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The March winds sure were blowing this week at the Nature Preschool!  The weather was cold and blustery, rainy and warm, chilly and sunny, all in the same week!  We had a fun week looking for signs that spring really is on the way.  We learned that this is the time of year for bluebirds and other birds to begin making their nests, finding a mate and laying eggs.  We took a peek inside the nesting boxes in the meadow for evidence and we found one nest so far!  We’ll keep you posted on the rest.  We also had fun pretending to be birds.  We made our own nests inside with playdough, raffia, yarn, feathers and ribbon, as well as outside, using sticks, mud, grass and more.  We painted with watercolors using feathers, and drew in our nature journals as we observed many different types of nests.  We are constantly amazed by the skills our students are demonstrating!  Such artists! We took advantage of the super windy weather by using the parachute outside.  It was fun to see the waves that the wind made all on her own as well as creating our own waves.  Our poem of the month, Winds of March, was a perfect fit.  We learned sign language for “wind”, “blow” and “spring”, ask your child to demonstrate!  The children also made predictions about when they think we’ll be able to eat our snack outside again, any ideas?  Gosh, are we ready for spring?!

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It was a perfect week for snowfall as the children discovered ways animals are equipped to deal with cold weather.

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It was a short week with the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holidays, but we still took time to express our gratitude for each other and the natural community. Children wrote and dictated things they are grateful for onto wallpaper hearts and hung them on our tree of thanks. We also made bird feeders outside using apples, oranges, and cranberries strung upon the trees. We donated small gifts to our Basket of Thanks for the local fire fighters, too.

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We continued to explore nocturnal concepts by comparing flighted creatures (owls, bats, and flying squirrels) with the possum habits we discovered last week. From making moon pies and moon play dough to meeting a live barred owl, this week was a hoot! Families also joined us for a hay wagon ride during American Education Week. Notice the hand-print owls, moon/stars mobiles, and leaf sit-upons we made this week, too.

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