Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Visiting a Garden Centre

This week we visited one of our local garden centres.
I visited last week and took some pictures so I could create a scavenger hunt.
As the children arrived they picked up a clip board and started touring
the green houses looking for the items that matched the images.
By providing a do it yourself scavenger hunt the families
didn't have to worry to show up at the same time.
Many of the children stopped to enjoy this water feature.
It made a nice sound.
After they finished the hunt they headed to the hedge maze.
There they found some instructions and a basket with blank booklets.
Throughout the maze I hung pictures, ink pad and a stamp.
They were meant to help the families find their way through.
I put them at intersections like arrows.
When they found a picture they took out the stamp and ink pad
and stamped their booklet.
When their booklet was full then they made it to the middle of the maze.
It was an achievement to make it through and then climb the platform 
to look at the whole maze.
Once everyone made it through the maze we enjoyed a snack and story.
I set up the snack area under the platform because the weather
was uncertain if it was going to rain or not.
But as we finished our story and started to sing some songs the sun came out.
If you have a chance to visit Paradise Garden Plant Centre, take
some time to go through the maze
it is a lot of fun.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Baby Spiders

I was so excited this morning when I discovered baby spiders
had just hatched in our classroom.
The egg sac must have been in our pot of dirt because
the spiderlings were coming from it.
It's so exciting to have real life science happen before our eyes so
I quickly set up an area around it for families to get a closer look.
As the morning progressed the baby spiders migrated up the wall.
The question "Where are they going?" was heard over and over.
It prompted me to put up a sheet of paper to document
the children's observations.
As the children watched they noticed a bigger spider and thought it was 
the mother.
But as we watched it we noticed it caught one of the little
spiders and quickly took it to a small hole in the window frame.
It did that over and over.
I don't think it was the mother.
Some families took advantage of the books provided to learn a bit more about spiders.
All morning as new families arrived they were invited
to check on the spiderlings to see how far they had moved.
We opened the window in hopes that they would make their way outside.
This afternoon before I went home I checked them one more time.
The spiderlings that were left were bundling into a group.
I wonder if there will be any left tomorrow.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Last week we visited the pond.
But before we went at school we played with a pond.
We talked about all the different animals that might live at a pond.
At the pond we focused on beavers.
We enjoyed a StoryWalk through the mud.
 Page to page the children read the pictures and told us
what was happening.
We looked for evidence that beavers were here.
There is still a bit of their home across the pond but I don't think it has
been lived in for a few years.
Back at school the next day I changed our play dough table.
Brown play dough, sticks, rocks and animals were provided to invite
the children to play.
It was cool to see the children discover that they could make 
animal tracks in the dough (pretend mud).
Or structures for the animals to sit in or hide under.