During the past 2 weeks, the Oaks class enjoyed daily excursions into the wild and lots of time for creative play, plus a trip to an art show a the mansion, a day in Rock Creek Park, a visit from a corn snake, the 100th day of school, a camp fire with families, and more!
After a very windy weekend, the children were excited to discover a fallen tree next to Hilltop Home.
We took hikes all around Woodend, including the pond and the children’s garden. We enjoyed a nature math activity with our fabulous intern (Meredith) and enjoyed another visit with Cosi, a goldendoodle belonging to one of the teachers.
Rock Creek Park
The class spent one full day outside exploring Rock Creek Park, adding to our map and knowledge of the area. Together we enjoyed another chapter of The Night Fairy, played at the Purple Playground, climbed a huge hill and had a picnic lunch in the woods.
A Visit from a Corn Snake
One of our fabulous master naturalists, brought a snake to the Oaks classroom. Nancy arrived at school singing “I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor!” We got to touch the snake, learn about it, and watch it make its way through a maze to get to its food. This experienced tied into our animal project in which we were learning about how animals including how they move and what they eat.
The children continue to enjoy playing and engaging in various projects while in the classroom. In the photos you can see children engaged in creative play, building activities, math activities with manipulative, intricate constructions, reading books and telling stories, imaginative and detailed drawing work, collaborative storytelling with toy ninjas, making clay creatures, decorating toy snakes, caring for our seedlings, and enjoying a special snack for the 100th day of school, and more!
We are very fortunate to have a parent lead weekly mindfulness lessons. Through books and activities, we are learning to use our mindful bodies, eyes and ears. We have practiced different breathing techniques and are learning how to understand and manage our emotions.
The children were mesmerized by the nature art show at the mansion.
We enjoyed a wonderful Friday night campfire with families. We enjoyed each other’s company and cooked hotdogs over the fire. We gathered together singing the song “Flicker” and told the story of “How Animals Got their Tails.” After that, we roasted marshmallows and snacked on s’mores. What fun!
Some Books & Stories We’ve Read
The Night Fairy (chapter book)
Inch by Inch
“How Animals Got their Tails”
“Lion at School”