I have to start today by saying thank you to each of you for your trust in us as we took your children outside in the 18 degree weather. On a day that us adults don’t really want to be outside, it is hard to knowingly send children outside for an extended period of time. That being said, they did a wonderful job getting bundled up without complaint and enjoying being outside for almost the entire time. Of course our day wouldn’t be complete without a few hiccups like tears, scrapes, falls, and desires to be at home….but that’s to be expected.
Also, most kids were very well prepared for the weather, so thank you also for that! Just a few suggestions: snow boots are a must in the cold weather...rain boots just don’t keep the toes warm in the same way. Speaking of toes, I have found that Smartwool socks are miraculous. HERE is a link to some that are inexpensive and look warm. In general, we have had the most complaints about cold toes! It is better to have a hat that’s a touch too big than one that’s too small. Mittens…they are the warmest option and also the easiest for everyone to get back on and off. It’s pretty difficult to get gloves on when your hands are super cold! Lastly, whether it’s gloves or mittens, please do make sure that the material is waterproof 🙂
We began our day preparing in the classroom to make some gluten-free stick bread. We shaved bark off the ends of our roasting sticks, then worked together to make the dough we would bring along. The bread included yeast, which made me realize we could do a little bit of fun science comparisons with yeast and what it does with sugar, water, and other ingredients! More on this tomorrow or Friday.
What the stick bread is supposed to look like
We ate lunch in the classroom, at 10:15 in the morning, because who wants to eat a whole lunch in the 18° weather? Once we were finished munchin’, we geared-up and headed out. When we arrived at the park and got close enough to the water, we saw these incredible icicles created by the water. It struck me that if we would never have braved the cold to head over to the lake, we would never have seen this amazing sight!
As soon as we arrived to the fire ring, we got to work creating our fire! Quickly, kids realized they were hungry and wanted to try making their stick bread!
There was also a group of children who started their time by heading into the woods to explore. It didn’t take long for someone to come back and tell me that they had discovered an ice rink…..two ice rinks actually!
Thank you so much to Megan Roberts who was all suited up to join us on this frigid adventure!
A few of today’s quotes:
We have a fire, let’s build a house
This is our ice rink in the woods.
I can see forever.
I’m dancing. Me too.
I’m really really cold.
Look there are bubbles under this ice
Look it! A frozen ladybug
Can I show you how to ice skate really good without falling?
Look… Animal tracks! Let’s go explore the tracks. Animal tracks are everywhere!
I wish I were at home