It was a beautiful week in the forest for us at Fiddleheads! Sunny days and mild temperatures were a welcome change of pace while we began our study of reptiles.
Monday we started to explore the interesting world of snakes. We began by discussing how even if something may sometimes make us uncomfortable, it doesn’t mean that we can’t sit with the feeling, and put it aside to study it and learn more about it. Later on an epic game of snake and mouse ensued where we imagined being snakes catching prey and then resting while digesting our food. As the day warmed up, we compared our never ending shedding of our outdoor layers to the shedding of snake skin.
Tuesday brought us more mild weather as we continued delving deeper into our snake study. We discussed how snakes use camouflage as a form of self defense. This led us to playing a game of camouflage involving snakes hiding from hawks and other predators.
Wednesday presented us with a truly magical forest experience. Just as we arrived to set up for the day, we heard some distinct owl calls echoing through the forest. This set the tone for an exciting day filled with intrigue and curiosity. We went about our morning playing our salamander game from last week, and when it was time to do our sit spot observation, the forest provided us with a truly special gift. As we counted down to begin our observation, as if they were listening, the owl began to call once again. The owl called out for several minutes while we sat silently observing and listening. The children were completely entranced and every time the owl called out awe and excitement ran through the entire group. We attempted to identify the direction we thought the owl was calling from. We also tried to guess what we thought the owl might be saying. After much thought and discussion, we decided that we believed the owl was calling out to other owls to come find it. After observation and snack we went on an owl pellet hunt which was very successful. We found several pellets filled with bones and other clues about what the owls had been feasting on. We wrapped up Wednesday by talking about chameleons and playing a game of chameleon camouflage that quickly turned into the beloved salamander game once again.
Thursday was another lovely day as the sun shone through the trees while we explored the forest. During forest observation we noticed the crows in the forest were incredibly active and vocal. We spent the morning learning about turtles and tortoises. We read a story about the life journey of a sea turtle. We imagined being turtle hatchlings trying to journey safely across the beach to the ocean shore. We also made turtles out of pinecone and other forest findings.
On Friday we wrapped up the week talking about eggs as we move on from amphibians and reptiles and into the wonderful world of birds!
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