We had a fun, muddy, snowy week learning about migration and experiencing some exciting winter weather. On Monday we read Homeward Bound, a lovely book introducing some of the great migrations of all kinds of different North American animals. On Tuesday we talked about why animals migrate, and read Flight of the Snow Geese. We were just playing a migrating snow goose game, jumping from wetland to wetland to eat and avoid predators on our way from the arctic to the high desert for the winter, when it began to snow for real. We watched the landscape transform under a deluge of small white snowy hail. Spirits were high, and several of the children on the walk back to school for lunch exclaimed, "Today is the best day ever!" That is a heartwarming thing to hear, and definitely speak volumes to the enchanting nature of an immersive experience in nature for young children, no matter what the weather is. On Wednesday we read about the migration of monarch butterflies, particularly focusing on the near magical fact that it is only the 4th generation of monarchs, whose great grandmothers went to Mexico the previous year, which actually make the journey there and back to the Oyamel Fir forests in the mountains of Michoacan every year. We played a relay running game mimicking the 4 generations and the long migration to Mexico. Today Arielle read Following Papa's Song, a story about whale migration, and the kids played a whale song hunt, wherein Ginger went ahead of the kids, out of eyesight, and played recordings of whale songs from her bluetooth, and the children were baby whales swimming through the forest following the song until they found her. We'll be making a fun bear snack tomorrow for cooking day. It's been a really fun week!
Next week we will continue to talk about winter, finishing up with animal adaptations in winter, and we will begin talking about winter weather and the water cycle.