News from the Outdoors
The Nature Detectives prepped for our Winter Celebration this week by looking for signs of winter outside! On Monday, the classes visited the pond, observing both signs of cold weather turning as well as what this warm winter has meant for the animals at Audubon. While normally the frogs would be hibernating under the mud, the PM class managed to catch a wood frog to observe! Both classes also enjoyed some frog-freeze tag, where the winter winds froze the the “frogs” in hibernation, where they had to wait to be tagged by the warm Spring air!
With Alex, we hiked up to the top of Audubon to investigate another abandoned fox den. She discussed with the detectives how foxes and deer adapt to the chillier weather and spend winter in Woodend!
We also continued work on the new, bamboo forest hide-out! The detectives set up the traffic cones and used the tools to continue on with construction!
News from the Classroom
This week both classes prepped for our Winter Celebration! On Monday, the detectives made frozen, “frogsicle” art with melting ice in honor of the hibernating wood frogs.
We also created snowflakes with Popsicle sticks, paint, glitter and rock salt as decorations for the celebration!
And of course, each child got to create their winter celebration crowns with sticker snowflakes and snowy paint!
Both classes ended 2015 with wonderful Winter celebration parties! The kids always love sharing the classroom with you all, and thanks to everyone who was able to join in!
Weekly Top Hits
Five Green and Speckled Frogs (Winter Remix)
5 Green and speckled frogs, sat on a speckled log,
Noticed the days were getting cold (Brr Brr)
One jumped into the pond,
where it slept all winter long,
Now there are 4 green speckled frogs!
Repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1
Hibernation (Tune: Allouette)
Hibernation, time for Hibernation,
hibernation, time to go to sleep!
In the winter where’s the bear?
Hiding in it’s cave or lair,
Where’s the bear? Cave or Lair?
Ahhhh-ah-ah, Hibernation, time for hibernation
hibernation, time to go to sleep
Books we Read
Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs by Douglas Florian
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart
The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
Diamond in the Snow by Johnathan Emmitt
Winter Break – December 18th- January 3rd
When we return to preschool, we will be learning about nocturnal animals!