We finally had a patch of beautiful, cool weather and we were able to get out and explore our community! We took a few nature walks around our school, and our farthest walk yet to the creek!
Below is my attempt at a “group photo”!
While we were doing all of our exploring, we have been reading these books about nature hunts, leaf hunts, and pretend bear hunts too!
Gross Motor Development/Nature/Seasons/Community Building:
We also walked down to the local playground, the pond, and stopped by the amazing Weeping Willow tree.
The children were collecting items while we were walking…branches, sticks, rocks, and more rocks! I decided to lay out a few rock provocations to explore rocks in the classroom.
I filled this sensory tub with pebbles, smaller rocks, and our play mobile construction set.
Another table in the classroom held a large rock collection that my children started years ago. My past students have added more and more rocks to our collection. I checked out some interesting books about rocks to have on display. By far their favorite rock book that we read was “If Rocks Could Sing” by Leslie McGuirk.
Leslie created an alphabet book by collecting lots of different rocks on the beaches by her Florida home. These rocks are all so unique, and the book is fantastically put together. I have returned this book to the library, and I highly recommend checking it out!
The children instantly started organizing the rocks by shade, and trying to stack them on top of one another. This week I put the rocks next to our space shuttle, because there was a lot of discussion about meteorites and rocks in space. The children have used the rocks in their pretend play this week as well.
Of course we had to explore these mediums through art as well.
We painted branches with acrylic paint:
Lastly, we “painted” rocks by heating them in the oven and melting crayons on top of the rocks. I got this idea from “The Artful Parent” and the rocks turned out lovely! I’m not sure what they enjoyed more, melting the crayons or getting to come upstairs into the kitchen!