Fiddleheads made a welcome return to the forest this week! The ice had melted and trails had been cleared by Monday, and we were more than ready to continue our never ending exploration of the forest around us. This week we delved into the world of amphibians!
And we also have some exciting news to share about our summer program. Enrollment for summer is now open to current families. There is limited space, and we will open any remaining slots to outside families starting next week. See the news of the week below, and check out the summer program enrollment info at the bottom of this message.
-On Monday, after reading the classic "The Salamander Room," we worked together building “salamander rooms” and creating dark, hidden places for salamanders to rest. A few friends decided to take another route and developed their own safe salamander traps to attempt to attract salamanders.
-On Tuesday, we learned more about vernal pools, which salamanders travel to in early spring in order lay their eggs. We imagined being salamanders making that special, and sometimes harrowing journey. We built our own vernal pool using pine boughs and used our imaginations to experience what it would be like being a salamander traveling to this special place. We dodged imaginary cars, people, and predators that we encountered along the way.
-Wednesday was a beautiful day where we stayed down in the valley near Salmon street. Many friends were very excited to practice their rolling skills so we imagined being “Ricky, the rock that couldn’t roll”- a character from a story in our rock unit. Later, we spent some time learning and playing a predatory/prey game involving salamanders and various predators such as snakes and raccoons. The children had a fantastically fun time pretending to be hidden salamanders and dropping their tail and running away when discovered by the predators! We also learned some new poems about orange newts, amphibians, and Polliwogs.
-On Thursday we had a very focused morning circle time where it came beautifully clear how much everyone has been practicing their skills with counting, days of the week, movement, meditation/body check in, sharing their feelings, sending caring feelings, and singing songs together. Our current class favorite is our “Willaby wallaby” name game. While we enjoyed our snack, we noticed the return of some hummingbirds that really enjoy the large rock wall in the amphitheater. We also noticed that there were many worms in the ground. While we ate, a robin flew down very close to us while hunting for worms and we observed it’s progress while it searched for its lunch. We spent the rest of Thursday learning about the amazing world of frogs and about their life cycle and what the difference is between a frog and a toad. Our class was feeling quite inspired by our salamander rooms we made on Monday and friends wanted to attempt to create “toad rooms” for the toads that prefer land instead of water.
-Friday includes wrapping up our current learning about amphibians as we finish learning about frogs and do a frog pond obstacle course where we collect bugs along the way. Next week, we will be taking a closer look at the world of reptiles and continuing to expand on our circle time practices.
It was a fun week!
And it is time to start thinking about summer!
Come and join the Fiddleheads community as we continue to deepen our connection with nature into the warm days of summer!
For summer of 2021 Fiddleheads will offer a 6 week summer program for families who are interested in providing their child with a fully immersive forest preschool experience during the summer months. We will explore all that the forest has to offer in the abundant summer season. We will be investigating everything we can discover ranging from what’s hiding underneath the mossy rocks, to what might be living in the tops of the tallest trees! As always, we will be play-based in our learning, and will be focusing on social emotional health and learning as well as our connections to the natural world.
This program will be a 6 week program run from June 28th- August 13th and will be available weekdays from 9-1 at Mt.Tabor park. Just like our academic year, we will be enrolling 10 children total, for a 5 day a week program.
The cost of the summer program will be one payment of $1200 dollars which includes a $200 dollar non-refundable deposit due at the time of enrollment. Full tuition will be due by June 15th. Currently enrolled families will have first choice to enroll in this program. We will be offering work exchange for interested parents just as we do during the school year program. If you are interested, please let us know asap and I will send you an enrollment form. We will be opening this program up to outside enrollment starting March 12th. We expect spaces to fill quickly.
I hope that this finds you all well, happy and secure. Last week we finished up January and our unit on winter weather, and this week begins February, and our unit on rocks!
February greeted us at Fiddleheads with cooler days, some sporadic rain showers, and a whole lot of mud! This week we began our rock unit which has been exciting and full of fun new facts. We are learning all about the different types of rocks and how they are formed, the rock cycle, and so much more! We learned some rock rhythm songs, a rock chant, and explored the big rocks around the creek bed in the lower part of the park near the Salmon Street entrance, which we visited on Wednesday. A new game involving hidden gems has also quickly become a class favorite!
This week we invited our new friend Everly into our class with enthusiasm and joy. We are now fully enrolled. As each week passes we get more and more comfortable in our routine and with each other. Circle time participation is coming along great, and we continue to build our concentration practices with our body check in and sit spot observations. Next week we will continue with one more week of our rock unit as we explore this amazing aspect of nature and all it has to offer!
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