Originally published 4/23/2019
We are having a good time talking about soil creatures and worms in school this week and last. We’ve done plenty of digging, with lots of worm finding success, as well as discovery of plenty of other interesting things in the soil. We investigated some mole holes and tunnels today, and did some imagining about life under the grass. We have also been getting our garden in shape, and last week we did lots of digging and moving of compost into the garden beds with shovels and wheelbarrows. It’s been a fun and dirty week! We finished it off by dyeing eggs in some homemade dyes.
It’s an exciting time of year to be outside, and we continue to notice wave after wave of flowers and wonderful bird activity. We have also been able to pay daily attention to the leaves opening out on the trees. The resident hummingbird nest that we have been checking on is empty. We never caught a glimpse of the babies, but due to the length of time we noticed the mother there we can assume that they were fully incubated, hatched and successfully fledged. We took a special long walk on Monday to find an easily visible great horned owl nest with two owlets in it on the north side of Tabor.
Next week we will talk about bees and pollination and enjoy some fun with honey. I will be out of school this Friday to go on a field trip with my older son. Amy will be teaching and cooking with the kids. I will also be out of town as well May 3rd through 7th to visit some family. Amy and Cassie will be covering my absent days with some help from Stephanie, Owen’s mom, who has so kindly agreed to assist for a day.
Fiddleheads is filling up for next year and it’s been wonderful to get such nice interest and enthusiasm from so many parents considering enrolling their children for next year. I really want to say thank you to everyone who has supported the school this year in our first endeavor. I appreciate all of you deciding to take a chance on this school, and all of your continued appreciation and support! Thank you!