Winter Wanderings in Preschool and Homeschool
Zak Kozlowski, January 30, 2017
Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill
Tracks and Trails
Tracks and Trails was a new adventure this week. We decided to skip going to our new camp, and we instead traveled all as one pack to at more distant land. Under the highway bridge we went, maneuvering over rocks much heavier than ourselves and slowing down to stay together. The fresh snow and landscape proved to be exciting, as we found recent beaver chew marks and trees that disappeared along the river shore. Where the trees go? We think that beavers transported food and shelter materials downstream via Fall Creek. It was also cool for some campers to see what our riparian zones look like in winter - tons of grapevine cities and even garlic mustard under the snow. We also played a fun new game involving barracuda and sardines, but that's all I can say about that!
This week we followed the tracks of the red fox and the skunk through gorges and along icy streams. After an epic snowball battle, we needed a fire to warm our cold hands. Our skills were pushed by the soggy surroundings but five minutes of team work (and a little dry birch bark) found us roasting our lunches. With full bellies we circled up for a game of "King Buck" and then made our way back.
Ithaca Forest Preschool
At Ithaca Forest Preschool we got some snow to play with this week. Red-Tailed Hawk was our theme animal, so some of us soared with red-tailed hawk wings (about the same length as many preschoolers' arm-spans) while others jumped and hid as mice to escape. We had snow to roll into snow women and throw at instructors' flying as snow hawks. Before the snow storm, we made some delicious tea out of Rooibos and Chamomile over a fire. On Thursday, we also tapped Grandmother sugar maple tree and got real excited about sap and syrup.