We finished up our bird unit last week with some very cool bird encounters. We spotted a hummingbird sitting on a nest at Mt Tabor, in a spot that the kids could see without using binoculars. Its nest is tinier than an egg cup! We also got to see a bird up very close when, sadly, a young varied thrush hit a window and soon after died just as school was starting for the day. We got a chance to examine and hold the bird and see its feathers and beak and feet up close and feel the weight of it's body. We buried it and bid farewell together as a class. We read some really wonderful bird and nest books, and we made a nest together for circle and snack time. The birds are singing and calling and nest building and spring is in the air!
We also got to enjoy a really wonderful little personal concert from Shanley Narens, Luna's mom, on the violin and viola. We heard some beautiful classical music, and then Old McDonald complete with instrumental animal noises that were a great delight, and we all played along to the farmer's dog named Bingo. I'm so grateful to Boinoir and Shanley for sharing their talents!
This week is spring break. We have started some seeds in the greenhouse and they are coming up like crazy! We started peas and carrots outside and we will look forward to seeing them come up as well. After spring break we will focus on flowers, worms and soil critters, and butterflies, not necessarily in that order. I'm hoping that we can catch some of the painted lady migration.