Little Blue Herons Blog

Week 1: Tuesday/Thursday group
May 29 and 31

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Tuesday, May 28

Our Little Blue Herons group played in the Children's Garden and looked for worms to feed the turtles! It is so much fun to dig in the dirt, and discover living things.

When we got out into the woods, we wanted to test our gross motor skills. We found downed trees to balance on, and then challenged ourselves to see how far we could jump! It was such fun seeing if we could go further each time, and to make marks in the sand! It was a great day! 

Thursday, May 30

Our Tuesday/Thursday group loves to climb! We continued our climbing adventures from Tuesday by visiting the famous climbing tree, and seeing how high we could go! We had to try different ways of climbing to see what worked the best. What do you think? Walking up or crawling up?

It was also the perfect day to visit the creek. We walked over to the shallow, cool water and took a break from the hot day. We got to splash up to our ankles, and feel how cool the water was! It was fun to feel the chilly water on our feet, when it was so hot outside! 

 

Week 1: Wednesday/Friday group
May 29 and 31

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Wednesday, May 29

We had a new group today, and decided to go on a walk around Blue Heron's turtle pond!! There are so many native flowers and grasses growing here, so we went on a color hunt.

We found bright yellows, pale purples, and vibrant greens! There are so many colorful flowers, we even discovered orange flowers (the butterfly milkweed that is good for Monarch Butterflies!). We were so into colors today, that we even read a book about colors, "Painting a Rainbow". What a magical day! 

Friday, May 31

Today was a day of climbing and hole digging! We visited our climbing tree and enjoyed going up and down. It is surrounded by soft sand, which is perfect for digging into and seeing how big and deep you can make a hole.

The area is also surrounded by lots of sticks- the perfect toy for a day in the woods! We made mini-forts to play in! When we were ready for a break from the sand, we visited our creek. The water is so shallow from the lack of rain, it was the perfect day to dip our toes in! What a great way to end our week, with a little ankle wading! 

 

Week 2: Monday/wednesday/friday group
June 3, 5, and 7

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Monday, June 3

Adin and Ms. Megan  completed a 48 piece puzzle together. Adin was very curious about a hole we found as well!

Pierce was very interested in washing rocks in the wash basin in the garden. 

Hendrick enjoyed digging in the dirt and sand with different tools. 

Noah was a wonderful artist when drawing with chalk. He was a great jumper at the sand, too!

Jack had an important question about what was happening in the turtle sanctuary; what a curious mind! 

We had a wonderful first day of camp and all the boys enjoyed play time in the children’s garden. 

Wednesday, June 5

If ever I do a 500- piece puzzle, I want to have Hendrick as my partner! He is so good at looking for patterns and finding matches! 

Noah was a leader today! He was fearless as he leapt off a log into the water. 

Jack had a great insight when we spoke about bumblebees. He told me, “They make honey.” 

Our friend Asher needed help to walk through the creek the first few times, but when we went for round 2, he did it all by himself! 

Pierce is a delight to watch in the sand. He liked making a sand angel.

Adin was an excellent rock thrower today! He was safe and fearless in the water. 

 

Week 2: Tuesday/Thursday Group
June 4 and 6

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Tuesday, June 4

Bo worked hard making a very creative house out of wooden blocks and boards. 

Cato was an excellent seeker, looking for animals in an animal book. He’s a great counter!

Callan was curious about what happened when a rock was put in a bucket of water.

Pierce practiced his balancing act on a fallen log; what equilibrium! 

Juliette loved making a mud and rock stew. So creative! 

During our time in the garden, Brooklyn defied gravity by balancing and jumping on stumps! 

With the tire as her prop, Coker was very imaginative, using it as a car. She also worked on her muscle coordination and rolled it around the garden for quite some time!

Thursday, June 6

Bo remarked on our walk that “snakes like the rain.”

Brooklyn has a lot of observations about trying to save a worm from ants. She moved the worm away from “bad ants.”

Coker created a music station in the garden. She and Bo are going to start a family band! 

Callan is going to be a long distance runner! He kept us on our toes today; his curiosity is amazing! 

When asked what his favorite part of the morning was, Cato quickly responded “hiking!” He was wonderful at leading the way. 

Juliette was so brave today! She touched the bearded dragon multiple times. It was awesome :)

Mud pies were on the agenda for our friend Asher today! He was a gourmet chef in the outdoor kitchen.  

 

Week 3: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
June 10, 12, and 14

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Monday, June 10

We wiggles and squiggled the way through our day as we explored the perfect weather for worms.

Our day started in the classroom thinking about the clever shape of the spiral! We made cinnamon rolls, snakes, and challah bread with playdough as we talked about the shape. 

Next came singing friends names and moving like flying lizards and we headed outdoors.

We had fun reading about worms in our children’s garden as we shared a snack, then searched for worms so our turtles could have a snack. 

Making music on our music wall was a fun and loud activity! The learning became more in-depth as we turned over buckets and used different materials to create sounds and then create patterns with the different sounds. It is amazing to see them creating such creative ideas. 

We made our way to the woods but stopped along the way catch raindrops on our tongues. While in the woods we balanced on logs, dug chipmunk holes and found a tiny toad. 

The day finished with lunch and reading. There will be much more to explore Wednesday! We can’t wait! 

Wednesday, June 12

At the start of our day some friends chose to read in our book-nook while other cut playdough and made dinosaur teeth. 

Worms have been an interest of everyone this week so we headed outside to find more worms and make worm homes. After squishing different types of soil  in our hands we layer jars with soil and added worms and centipedes. There was lots of conversation about why worms come out in the rain and how they make tunnels. 

We then gathered butterfly nets and headed up our big hill to the meadow. The meadow is always beautiful with color flowers and tall grass, the grasses and flower reached twice as high as the children. We practiced sweeping with our nets and then split into groups, anytime some caught a spider or grasshopper the whole group cheered and crowded around the net to see. 

After all the excitement and exploring it was time to head inside for hand washing and reading “just one more book please”. After two books we shared lunch and waved goodbye to friends. 

Friday, June 14:

Today was a great day! I was beyond thankful for a day without tears. Thank you to all three of you for your support this week! 

We spent most of our week with our focus down on the ground searching for worms in our wet worm weather, today was a nice cool dry day and we moved our focus up! 

Indoors we spent some time exploring acorns. We had great conversations about what an acorn is, what it turns into and what eats acorns. We even took time to sort acorn tops and bottoms and made lines and curves. 

We moved outdoors to explore birds and took a walk from one end of the forest to the other. We stopped along the way to listen to the sound of the creek and birds. We followed the sound of a bird call and found a cardinal perched on a tree. After spending some time watching the cardinal we tried to mimic the sound and then created our own bird calls. 

Later we moved to the middle of the forest to climb trees, while climbing we found an inch worm hanging from its silk tread, what I surprise to find a “worm” in the air instead of underground. 

We ended the day with a picnic lunch and sharing our favorite part of the day. 

 

Week 3: Tuesday/thursday
June 11 and 13

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Tuesday, June 11

Today started off with working with our sense of smell! We muddled mint leaves and chives to experience the smells and then mixed them into our white clay which turned green. It made the classroom smell wonderful! 

Then we headed out the door as a group of dinosaurs and stomped our way to the children’s garden. We shared a snack and played with our dirt and sand. Some friends chose to transport dirt from one spot to another while others collected worms, then someone said, “we need water!” so we filled a large bucket with water, added some worms, some leaves for lettuce and rocks for potatoes and everyone joined into together to shared laughs over worm soup. 

We made our way to the butterfly garden to enjoy a quiet hidden space and spent some time drawing.

Next we were ready to track footprints and climb trees! We made our way to the forest and found animals tracks (dog tracks) and couldn’t decide if they were from a unicorn or a Jaguar. We then made our own tracks by sliding our feet and walking on our tiptoes. Our forest time finished out with Jaguar races and we headed back indoors to wash hands and share lunch. 

It was a busy and fun day and we can’t wait to explore the creek Thursday. 

Thursday, June 13:

We had another successful week with our Tuesday/Thursday group. See you all tomorrow! 

Today we explored birds and feathers! We cut and created our own feathers and built nest and made eggs, of course, some eggs were from birds and other from dinosaurs. 

Before heading out to the forest we had a meeting and each child was given a bag to carry any surprises they may find while we were out,  but inside each bag was a surprise. We closed our eyes very tight and all looked in our bags at the same time to find binoculars! It was great fun listening to them pronounce binoculars and learn how to use a new tool. 

We used our binoculars to play bird hide-and-seek. Children took turns hiding birds while other would find them. Then we matched the birds we found to pictures in our field guides and even took some time to draw and think about the colors. 

Next we enjoyed some time playing with our water wall and getting wet! Children poured water from one spot to another, watched water race down tubes and positioned buckets to catch water. 

At the end of the day we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the sun and shared about the favorite part of our day. 

 

Week 4: Monday/Wednesday/Friday Group
June 17, 19, and 21

 

Week 4: Tuesday/Thursday group
June 18 and 20

 

Week 5: Monday/wednesday/friday group
June 24, 26, and 28

 

Week 5: Tuesday/Thursday group
June 25 and 27

 

Week 6: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday group
July 1, 2, and 3

 

Week 7: Monday/wednesday/friday group
July 8, 10, and 12

 

Week 7: Tuesday/Thursday group
July 9 and 11

 

Week 8: Monday/wednesday/friday group
June 15, 17, and 19

 

Week 8: Tuesday/Thursday group
July 16 and 18

 

Week 9: Monday/Wednesday/Friday group
July 22, 24, and 26

 

Week 9: Tuesday/Thursday group
July 23 and 25

 

Week 10: Monday/Wednesday/Friday group
July 29, 31, and august 2

 

Week 10: Tuesday/thursday group
July 30, and august 1

 

Week 11: Monday/Wednesday/Friday group
august 5, 7, and 9

 

Week 11: Tuesday/thursday group
august 6 and 8