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On Golden Pond

The pond is a perfect place to learn about fish. Turns out the Turtles already knew so much about them. All the parts of a fish can be complicated but we covered the basics. How does a fish swim? How does a fish breathe? We also compared what is the same between fish and birds. Can your child share one thing that is the same for both birds and fish?

As we walked the trails thinking about fish, we heard something. It sounded like something big splashing in the water. What did your child think it was? We stopped, listened and wondered. Wondering is a big part of what will spur on a greater curiosity about the world around you. The taller adults eventually saw a glimpse of the side and top of this animal and it turned out it was a fish. Now, what was that fish doing in the shallow water at the edge of the pond? Some of the answers we got included “hiding from the big birds”, “eating” and “looking for food”.

Swan Lookout was a great place for a quick story and snack. A big thank you to Mrs. Eastman (Harrington Librarian) for providing an interesting book on fishing! We heard a ‘banjo playing’ here. It was not really a banjo but a green frog that was also hanging out at Swan Lookout. It was good to have a frog singing because last week we looked really hard and didn’t see any.

There was definitely some buzzing going on in Mystery Forest. In no time at all, we discovered what was making that noise. What was it?

How do you catch a fish? We didn’t use fishing poles but made bobbers out of corks. In the afternoon, we used them to try and catch a fish. We found a few worms to use as bait. One time a pretty yellow flower was used as bait. We also tried to catch fish with nets in the creek. In the end, we didn’t catch any fish today. As the book that we read said, we can love fishing even if we don’t catch anything!

The noise of children having fun was heard throughout the day around Harrington Hall. We played structured and unstructured games and activities. Our fishing teams enjoyed running to collect the ‘fish tokens’ from the lakes. The three lakes were named Lake Huron, Rainbow Lake and Toy Fish Lake. The Korean Fish team did very well during the regular fishing season and during the shortened fishing season. What does your child remember about this game?

The day ended quietly with a nature poem in which we say the words and do the actions together. Your child has a special part in this activity. Can they tell you their words and the action that goes along with it?

A HUGE thank you to our wonderful Molly McHugh who has joined us to learn more about teaching. We wish her all the best as she starts teachers college this fall. She has been a kind and caring support for all the children. Happy Trails until we meet again:)


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