Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Muddy, Mucky Algae!

It was a sunny day in the northwest and the kids enjoyed having a potato stamp of deer prints to make in addition to the other gathering activities. We worked on a new song during circle time. Doe a deer!

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to doe...oh oh oh

Everyone had fun learning the hand motions.
If you don't know the song here is a link to the melody:
(of course this has the whole song-but you can learn the main melody here)

I have had many kids who have been very interested in climbing. So we took them to a climbing tree other preschoolers have loved. Everyone climbed to their ability and there were enough branches for all!

We decided to challenge the kids to a long hike! Pulling the loaded wagon was something that took concentration ( to make sure you didn't run off the trail) and lots of effort. And it was even heavier on the way home with everyone's jackets and sweaters piled into it!

We found lots of good mud and muck. The standing water had algae in it and everyone wondered what it was. (time for a quick science lesson on algae!)

We didn't quite make it to Juel Park-that will have to wait for another day-but we found a new sunny, mucky, muddy spot to play in and maybe if we keep looking we'll find the tadpoles there we found in years past!

Thank you for sending your child in layers. We have been taking a lot of them off but the mornings are still chilly.


  1. I'm in the Southwest, but I just love love love your blog! We just started up a homeschool co-op and I can't wait to have some of these types of "lessons" with the kids on our nature days together! =)

    1. Thank you Sarah! I love the southwest. I wonder what it would be like to teach this class in another type of outdoors. I hope you blog about it so I can find out!