This week we went deep into the ‘dark dark woods’, to a new classroom for most of us! Due to the rains of the past month, a previously dry creek bed is flowing enough for us to do some water play, imaginative fishing and more. It provides new challenges and engages us in new discussions about the flora and fauna too. I can’t wait to see what we will get up to in this beautiful, lush entrance to the Cumberland Community Forest. To celebrate the spooky holiday this weekend, we read Halloween themed books, did face painting and a witches brew activity.

We started our week on Tuesday with number association, counting, and math manipulative all done with natural materials.

Pouring and watching water fall down the bank, forming creeks and ponds.

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New climbing challenges! As a teacher I always support a child and help them feel safe, while remaining as ‘hands-off’ as possible so they can truly learn and master how to ascend (and descend!) such objects.

This spontaneous assistance occurred while setting up our tarp for snack - most kids joined in!

This spontaneous assistance occurred while setting up our tarp for snack – most kids joined in!

A quiet and gentle moment. Torin showed Amelia how he got up on the log and they both shared an end of the day moment together.

A quiet and gentle moment. Torin showed Amelia how he got up on the log and they both shared an end of the day moment together.

Thursday, we brought in some beach glass. Safe to hold for those kids who adore finding shards of the sharp stuff in our play areas and on the path. Lots to discuss around these!

A squirrel in his nest! He calls himself Bucket.

Torin placed a cone here to warn students like Gemma of the steep slope!

Amelia laughs with her cat face paint as Nova gets a little cat on her cheek!

Amelia laughs with her cat face paint as Nova gets a little cat on her cheek!

Poppy adds water to the ‘fire’. Many of the kids considered the pool of water they created a ‘fire’ that we needed to be careful around because it was very hot!

Foxes Gemma and Poppy are enjoying their new den!

“1, 2, 3, 4, Mix and mix and mix some more! When the song is done, you can pass it to your friend!” was what we chanted as we made a magic witches brew of forest ingredients and threw in a special bone to make it fizz and bubble!

Extending a helping hand to friend on a slippery slope.

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