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Monday, September 17

A hardy welcome to all of our little birds that are returning to the nest and to our new little birds! It was so wonderful to see everyone’s smiling faces today at Nature School. Together, we made our first fire of the new school year. We opened our circle with a nature poem lead by Tara that we hope to say together each time we meet at circle to begin our day together. We went around the circle and each child spoke about what they did in the summer since the last time we were all together. A woolly bear caterpillar and a toad came to visit and join in on our morning circle. Everyone was very excited to see some animal friends.

As a group, we decided that we would adopt nature names that we would call each other at Nature School. We made wood cookie necklaces with our names on them: there are Butterfly, Screech owl, Woolly bear, Wild rose, Aster, and two Willows at nature school this year!

The children decided that they would make a very elaborate house for the woolly bear that came to visit at our opening circle and learned about what types of plants the woolly bear likes to eat and they also enjoyed picking scarlet runner beans. Each time they opened a pod, they marvelled that the beautiful colours of the beans inside.

Leigh has a wonderful box that is full of interesting treasures found in nature that is kept in the tent. The children were presented with their own nature box to fill with their own found treasures. The nature boxes will come home at the end of the semester and we are sure your child will be very excited to show you what they have found! The children decorated their nature boxes and then we went on a hike find objects to put inside.

We decided that we would explore the garden together and see what was ready to be harvested. We determined the potatoes were ready and we had a blast digging them up and searching through the soil to find every single one! The children brought their bounty over to the mud kitchen and worked together to clean all of the potatoes.