Can it really be true that no two snowflakes are alike. Just like the children we teach, they are all unique. What are some words to describe snowflakes? Ask your child five key words to describe them to get the conversation of our day going (6-8 sides, cold, pretty, unique, pattern). Did you know snowflakes come in seven basic shapes? What shapes are part of snowflakes structure (hexagons, cylinders, circles and triangles). Geometry lessons in the study of snowflakes. How cool is that!
Nature Friends already knew a lot about snow. There were snow drifts at Harrington Hall, on the trail and even in the forest. The deepest one we measured was 76 cm. Why are there so many snow drifts?
We are always impressed by how well children are dressed for the weather and how they are ready to learn. Raccoon and Elk helped to fill the bird feeders this morning. A cooperative task that only left a little birdseed on the snow. Learning by doing prepares us to do it even better the next time!
Wander time in snow leads to come pretty awesome creativity. We got to make snow cookies using molds with shapes of hearts and moons. Predator prey games in snow add an element of challenge. We notice the kids are making these games an essential part of free play. This replaces games of the past like storming of castles, sword duels, and gun fights. You get what you model; this is how nature school brings the life of nature into play.
Library was so much fun today! Thanks to Mrs. Eastman for reading us a wonderful story about snow. Can your child come up with some words or sentences to describe snow to someone who has never seen it before? Snowflake art was all Mrs Eastman's idea. What did we use to paint with? Any thoughts on snow angels in the sand?
Singing in hall is like giving a concert, the sound is beautiful. We think it would be a good idea to have a concert to share these songs with family and friends. Maybe a year end show? Stay tuned!
A new book we all loved is worth a second read. "Outside In" explores our disconnect with the natural world and coming back home to it.
Off to Sunrise Hill for some sliding and snow sculpture. This included a mom and baby sea turtle, volcano with lava, mom dog with baby pups, and a snow bride. So much creative fun and great exercise! Checking our sap bucket we discovered it was full of sweet ice, time to make a quick sap cake. Sadly it turned into a mush pile but took all of use
Snow. You can dig it, mold it, throw it, eat it, and melt it. Snow much you can dowith it. Tamarack shared with us about bugs in the snow so we would highly recommend not to eat it! More adventures to come with the Heron team after March break (maybe without snow)
See you on March 24th in Harrington Forest Friends.