Hello everyone, welcome back to school! We are currently focusing on animals in winter and the adaptations that help them survive. We are also going to be focusing on the concept of adaptations overall. We ourselves are really interesting animals to look at concerning our winter adaptations, like houses and clothes, which might be interesting to add to any winter animal discussions at home.
This week we focused on introducing the concept of an adaptation (kind of like an animal superpower), and animal winter adaptations. We read about nocturnal animal behavior; animals adapted to enjoy the long nights at this time of the year. We read Bear Snores On, about hibernation. We read Winter Dance, which introduces many animal winter behaviors and adaptations through the eyes of a little fox. We also read the wonderful winter book The Mitten by Jan Brett and had some fun dramatic play around that story. We are learning some new songs and poems for winter. The kids will be making warming snacks during cooking time. Next week we will be focusing more on migration.
We had some fun and full days outside this week despite the wet and blustery weather. We played a lot of imaginary animal play, and also made some structures out of the sticks and branches that we had gathered for the winter spiral. We climbed some trees. We made some muddy winter soup. We smelled some lovely winter flowers. We listened to the wind and found some interesting things that it blows down out of the trees.
Just as a reminder, Fiddleheads follows PPS weather advisories and closures, so we delay and close when they do. Check for closures as this winter weather sets in before you head out in the am.