Journal archives for December 2017

December 01, 2017

Thank you!

I'm grateful for those with expertise in different areas identifying some of my observations. I've had several lichens, flies, and bees identified recently.

Thank you!

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December 09, 2017

A little rain? No problem!

My second visit to Kinderwoods and the third for my class was earlier this week on December 5. We had mild weather for December, although it rained a little bit off and on. We talked about getting wet before we headed to the woods, and of course, the children didn't mind at all. Their favorite places are the creek and mud puddle.

We didn't make as many new observations this visit, although we did find lots of earthworms. The children have been learning about them as part of the Kinderwoods Collaborative with their librarian. They loved finding them, holding them, and studying them for a little while in yogurt cups before putting them back in the leaf litter where they found them. We loved how iridescent green one of the earthworms was. Some of the children surprised themselves because they ACTUALLY TOUCHED A WORM!!

The children are also becoming wonderful observers. A small group brought me over to show me their special discovery--some small mushrooms tucked into a little nook among the tangle of roots of a tree that tipped over.

I love how different each class's experiences are. We return to the same site each visit. This is likely my last visit with this class. I am sad that I won't be going back with them. I'd love to watch them experience the woods after a snowfall and the special, deep quiet that accompanies it.

If another MYB teacher would like to take over as project curator and occasional journalist, please let me know. I'd love to keep following you to see what you observe.


Posted on December 09, 2017 12:19 AM by kellyfuerstenberg kellyfuerstenberg | 3 comments | Leave a comment