Brrrrr…..its getting chilly! We’ve been truly facing the elements, and watching as the elements shape our various classrooms. Probably our most beautiful discovery this month was a little side trail that led to a clearing, a creek and a little trail with a great view of … a waterfall! Besides that, in the maple grove classroom we’ve noticed the trees are very bare and the leaves on the ground are soggy, brown and barely hold their shape.

The kids are using their strengthened voices to discuss playing with each other, understanding each other and working around disagreements. We’ve bonded as a group. The kids almost always notice when a child is away for the day! It’s so exciting to see play evolve from mostly physical tests to more intricate games and projects, like ‘fire’ building, fishing, etc.

The waterfall discovery was special. This flux of water came after a heavy rainfall, and the creek had also blocked where we had intended to go. Lots to discuss about rainfall, the sound of waterfalls, and more.

The waterfall discovery was special. This flux of water came after a heavy rainfall, and the creek had also blocked where we had intended to go. Lots to discuss about rainfall, the sound of waterfalls, and more.

Two friends at the fishing hole.

Two friends at the fishing hole.

A perilous hike up, and up! We discussed walking slowly and carefully and what that looks, especially in regards to respecting other people's paces and needs for space on a steep slope.

A perilous hike up, and up! We discussed walking slowly and carefully and what that looks, especially in regards to respecting other people’s paces and needs for space on a steep slope.

Dawson climbs carefully over logs while kids (sometimes) waited for him and others to take the time they needed to tackle obstacles on this hike.

Dawson climbs carefully over logs while kids (sometimes) waited for him and others to take the time they needed to tackle obstacles on this hike.

Snacking and creating community under a dry shelter.

Snacking and creating community under a dry shelter.

Nolan and Trevor counting the completed puzzle, slowly and together.

Nolan and Trevor counting the completed puzzle, slowly and together.

Using sticks shovels and forks to excavate this mound of dirt with many remnants of the previous settlements around the Coal Creek area.

Using sticks shovels and forks to excavate this mound of dirt with many remnants of the previous settlements around the Coal Creek area.

We celebrated Juniper's birthday with her by doing the earth moves around the sun activity. Juniper walked around 'the sun', meanwhile, the real sun illuminated her!

We celebrated Juniper’s birthday with her by doing the earth moves around the sun activity. Juniper walked around ‘the sun’, meanwhile, the real sun illuminated her!

Reading our letter from the Victoria Nature School kids and teacher.

Reading our letter from the Victoria Nature School kids and teacher.

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