Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shake those fall leaves!

Tiny Treks Outdoor Preschool Class enjoyed sitting on a carpet of red maple leaves for circle time today. We sang the "5 Little Pumpkins" song with the fun of counting real baby pumpkins and jumped up and down with our pumpkin shakers to sing "Shake your sillies out". The shakers made lots of noise and made the kids laugh and giggle!
On our trip into the woods today the sun was shining through the turning leaves on the deciduous trees that abound at Keep It Simple Farm.  With the leaves hanging tenuously onto the branches-it only took a quick shake to make them float to the forest floor.  We ran from tree to tree shaking and getting the trees to give up their last leaves.  We learned if a tree has a green trunk it is probably a young tree-and shakable.  A tree without green on the trunk is probably too big to move-even though we all tried really hard!

Thank you to farmer Leon for making a big pile of leaves for us to jump into! We also held the new baby chicks in the office and petted the kittens! What a big day!

PS We have space for 2 children 3-5 years of age for Tiny Treks Outdoor Preschool right now.
Also-registration for winter will begin November 15th for January/February/March 2014.  Please tell your friends about the class!  We hope to offer Monday - Wednesday - Friday in 2014 as well!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Black garden slugs and banana slugs and leopard slugs oh my!

Banana slug with tentacles and a foot!
Teacher Roo took over our outdoor preschool class today because I, Teacher Ann, was home with the flu.   We are thankful to have Teacher Nicki as a back up today.  Teacher Nicki comes to us with a wealth of knowledge inside and outside of the classroom.  As a trained zoologist she has outdoor experience and as an elementary school teacher in England she has classroom experience. I hope to be back in tip-top shape next week!

Today we learned more about slugs.  Slugs have skirts!  Did you know that?  And a foot! and optic tentacles!  There is lots to learn about slugs.  Of course as chance would have it-we couldn't find any slugs on our hike.  We found some very little ones hiding under some leaves but the big black garden slugs  or local  banana slugs or leopard slugs were not to be seen.
Silly Slug book.
.Next week we'll be talking about farms and farm animals.  It will be fun to learn more about what they do at Keep It Simple Farm.