We had a beautiful, chilly week at Fiddleheads. We continued our study of leaves. This weather is a bit harsh temperature wise, but it is a beautiful to have it so sunny and dry to enjoy talking about leaves. They are so crackly and crunchy to walk through and jump in and the colors against the blue sky are stunning. We read some more wonderful books about leaves. We pretended to be leaves emerging from buds, soaking up the summer sun, and changing color and falling off and blowing away in the fall. We made our bodies into trees and let our leaves fall away in the wind. We talked about how different trees make different shaped leaves, and tree identification. We made leaf rubbings. We dipped leaves in wax to extend the colors and hung them on little wires for decorations. We also had some larger discussions about seasons, leaves in the annual cycle of the tree, and why leaves turn colors and fall off at this time of year.
On Halloween some friends wore costumes with warm layers on over or under and we had a small lion, some superheros and cold weather fairies amongst us. We read some special Halloween stories and had a fruit gummy treat to enjoy or take home at the end of the day. At our body check in and sharing feelings time there was a very high level of self identified excitement, and I hope that everyone had a wonderful Halloween and is having a nice, restful recovery day.
We will continue our leaf unit into a tree unit starting next week. We plan to talk about the annual cycle and the larger life cycle of a tree, the parts of a tree, and tree communication. This is a natural progression of knowledge, drawing on our study of seeds, and our study of the leaves through the seasons.
Just as a reminder, we do go to the park every day no matter what the weather is like. The only reasons that we would not are air quality advisories, and very high winds (although the part of the park that we usually play in is thankfully quite protected from winds that can be intense in other higher areas.) When it stays in the 30s and/or is very rainy or snowy, we may spend less time outside and just head back to school earlier, but we will still play outside and we will still go to the park.