Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Salamanders crossing!! April 10th


Spring is truly in the air! The day is warm enough to start outside, so we brought out blocks, books, and art supplies to start the day in the fresh warm air.

Despite the balmy temperatures, a small island of "Antartica" persisted! We had fun playing with snow for what we all agreed may be really really the last time this time.

A beautiful block city! 

A sleepy worm just waking up to the warm spring air! Maisie made him a leaf bed and placed him in the forest, safe from all of our feet. 



Checking the weather....warm and breezy.
"Smells like spring!"
In morning circle we learned all about salamanders, particularly the Mole Salamander and Red Eft. We talked about something called "Big Night",  wet, warm night in early spring where all the salamanders leave their winter ground for vernal pools. Many of them have to cross the road to get there, so people go out at night and help them to cross safely. This is called "Big Night."
We went up to the pond to see if we could find any Salamanders, frogs, or fish. We first encountered a pair of geese and used our best and quietest "deer walk" to see how close we could get to them . 
Then, we played in the sand and shallows and worked on our Salamandar Crossing! signs in the sun. 
Look out!! 
Before our sit-spot time and goodbye circle we listened to some soothing music and had a nice rest all together. 
Another wonderful early spring day at Wrens Nest! We cant wait to watch our Earth wake up!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

March 27th

Today, Jonah taught us all about Bobcats! He created an informative poster with all different pictures of Bobcats and even wore a Bobcat shirt! We learned about what they ate, where the live, and their size. He also shared a book with lots of great Bobcat information. Thank you, Jonah!

We moved our bodies like windmills, going faster, slower and even two different directions. 

Splish splash on our way to the yellow trail to hike and do what might be our last day of tracking.

The "frog pond" by the common ground office was wet and full of water again! 


We had lots of Bobcats on our hike today ;) and finally found some real life Bobcat tracks to follow. We saw prints with four toes and the right size to be a Bobcat so we decided to follow them through the forest. We also encountered what we thought were Raccoon tracks and Rabbit tracks too!

We had so much fun sliding down this natural ice slide at Rocks-a-Moss!

Jonah with his Bobcat shirt and poster. 

All the tracking and cold rainy whether had us tired after lunch. We took a nice rest while listening to the Beatles :) 

We finished the day by building a cozy fort and enjoying warm tea with honey while listening to stories. 

Will this be our last day of winter? We will have to wait and see...:)

April!


The winds that blow are keen and cold! 
I fear them not, for I am bold. 
I wait not for my leaves to grow, 
They will follow, they are slow. 

But my golden bloom is brave and bright,
I greet the sun with all my might!

And so the Coltsfoot fairy sings, 
Winter is gone, ITS SPRING! ITS SPRING!
Winter is gone, ITS SPRING! ITS SPRING!

Except we all know what spring in Vermont can be like....

We enjoyed the last patches of snow on the land, dubbed "Antarctica" and gathered all the sun we could on the rocks! 



Hold your breath and make a wish over the wishing bridge!

Mining crystals at the Root ball
"Bears" on the rootball
Art inspired by the land around us...

Searching for more crystals in the cattails. We remembered how green and swampy it was here in the spring...

The remains of our autumn weaving. 


We love sun and we love picnics!
Our first picnic lunch of 2017 watching the last of the snow glitter and melt in the warm spring sun...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 20th, 2017 Spring and snow!

Winter goodbye, winter goodbye, you may no longer stay. Springtime is here today. Winter goodbye, winter goodbye. 

A happy vernal equinox at Wrens Nest! And what more of a Vermont way to ring in spring time than playing in the snow..
A cozy morning with some animal friends, like kitty, woofers, and even a deer. 
We learned all about Robin Redbread from Grant! Some favorite facts include that the Robins beautiful blue eggs take 14 days to hatch and a Robin has a lifespan of two years. He also brought in a fun maze that led mother Robin back to her nest. Thank you, Grant!!
So many friends brought sleds to share and we were all so thankful! 
The deep snow with a crunchy layer ontop proved to be hard to walk through and even gave us some sledding challenges...but we trudged on!
Sarah brought in her toboggan which was so much fun. We could fit five or six of us on it and really fly! The challenge was getting it back up the hill, but with a combinations of pushers, pullers, and snow clearers we were able to have many great rides. 

Blowing bubbles! Not cold enough for them to freeze but definitely still fun. 
Snow kitties making their kitty nests. 
Snow angles in the crust...
We made up a game for throwing snowballs. Someone created big boot holes so we made snowballs and tried to land them in the holes-there was a lot of cheering for each other. 
We visited our sit spots to see if there were any changes or signs of spring. Afterwards we shared our observations. Buds were still visible but hadn't changed, some of the green grass from last week was covered up, and we noticed some new branches. 
Lots of snow and sun makes for some soggy kiddos. We went inside for some good lunch and to attempt and dry ourselves out...

We all had fun working on the mazes that Grant brought in as part of his presentation! 
Some cozy time with new books...

We really got relaxed while listening to some stories before going back out to play before we said goodbye. 
Bring on the mud, springtime we are ready for you!