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Mid-Season Chirp: Monday Hawks

Dear Nature School Families,

It’s amazing how different one fall season can be from the next. With the later frost arrival and fewer high-wind days, this year’s colours seem to be more vibrant and longer-lasting than last year. It’s been a great backdrop to our many activities at Piercey Farm, including apple cider, apple picking, apple baking…lots of apple things, apparently. Oh, and the mushrooms. Let’s not forget about the mushrooms. They’ve been as interesting as they have been stunning.

This season’s Hawks have been slowly exploring the 50 acres, learning how to get around following the deer paths and natural landmarks along the rail trail, firebreak and meadow. But where their passions truly lie are in carving and building. We have budding fort villages in a couple of spots that seem to need maintenance on the regular. And the carving interest has just exploded. Between pumpkins, spoons, spatulas and general whittling to pass the time in conversation, it’s hard not to get a dirty look when we suggest anything else  .

We’re getting into a cozy season with more tea and food by the fire – good thing they all know how to start one! The challenges will continue, group and individual, into the late fall and early winter. If we’re lucky fort villages will turn into quinzhees before Christmas!

Thank you all for continuing to send your Hawk with warm clothes (layers, layers, layers), extra (and extra extra) mitts, and winter boots. A mug will be increasingly important to bring so that we may offer your child a warm beverage on a cold day.

We’re looking forward to more exploring, more games, more skills, and more Hawks.

Yours in Nature,
Whitney, Leah and Leigh