Spring is now in full swing. It's been cool to witness the veils of greenery screen what has been open forest vistas. The flowers have been popping out, leaves uncurling, and movement all over catching our eyes.
The children have come up with so many interesting questions about their spring forest visits:
1. Why do huckleberries grow on trees that have been chopped down by the wind?
2. Why are trees green of different shades?
Group talks about diversity have been inspired from some of these questions.
We recently brought in a poetry book called, "Otto the Owl who Loved Poetry, by Vern Kousky. It fit in with diversity as well as the idea of sticking with your passions, open-mindedness and how nature can inspire words that inspire feelings and images.
The children came up with their own poem. They have given us permission to share it here with you:
Weeze May I Have Some Cheese?
LETTER AND NUMBER.......
I have a shark toy........
Please may I have a Christmas tree?
I have a caballo.
I SEE SMOKE!!!!
Huckleberries drip with rain.
Thank you children for sharing!!
The warmer weather has aided us in bringing out more craft ideas too as getting moving again after snack to stay warm isn't a factor right now. The birds are nesting and so are some of the children. Checking out materials birds would desire, then winding them into delicate tufts for eggs has gotten the children looking at forest floor debris in a new way. Those fluffs of dog hair, bits of dried moss, light cedar twigs have been selected with care for a cozy birdie home. Requests for building larger nests for the children to roost in has added another fun play element for up coming days.
I noticed this past month that the farm animals have become aware of the regular attendance of our groups. There is a sense of knowing from the animals. They wag their tails, turn toward the children and come a little closer, allowing themselves to be petted when before they may have stayed at the back of their pen.
We have also noticed that there are fewer ducks at the pond.
"Where do you think they are?":
1. Maybe a bigger bird like an eagle ate them.
2. Maybe they are migrating?
3. Maybe they are having babies?
This generated a closer look into the forest grounds and trees for signs of where they could be....no ducklings yet but the children are anticipating a glimpse of them next month!
Here is a bird song that some of the children may know from our last month:
Little robin red breast (hands fold over chest) in a tree (arms above head with finger tips touching)....
Nuthatch falling to the ground (fingers shimmer down)
--chicka-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee.... (forefinger touches thumb to sign bird or flutter hands)
Thank you Caitlan for this wonderful, little song find!
also check out: "Little Bird, Little Bird", Music Video, Performed by Elizabeth Mitchell on You Tube ----super sweet!!!
Before I go please remember to scan (look) and skim (feel) your bodies for tics as they live among us.
Wishing you all a healthy and delicious spring season,