As predicted, today was our toughest weather by far! If I’m being totally honest, it was tough out there. I mean, how often does anybody willingly go out into the rain? Especially when it’s 38 degrees outside. But, here’s the beauty…on the way out the door, nobody was complaining! Everyone was very well prepared; both mentally and with gear. Also, honest to goodness, one of the children stepped out into the rain and said, “it’s a beautiful day!” And we know children aren’t sarcastic at this age, so she really meant it! There was excitement around the potential for huge puddles, and the kids were given a mission before leaving the school building. The short time we were out was just the perfect amount of time for today.
While reading our morning book, Rain, a fairy flew out of the book with a note for the class. It read:
In my woods I left for you
A puzzle of a kind,
If you look, fairy letters
And pumpkins you will find.
And gosh, were the kids excited to find those pumpkins and figure out that puzzle! That’s some good motivation to get out into the cold rain. Right away when we arrived, children started finding fairy pumpkins! They noticed immediately that each pumpkin had a letter on it and started making guesses as to what the message could be.
With surprisingly little effort, the kids figured out they were working their way toward: Happy Halloween!
Once the “I’m hungry”s started, we realized that it would be nice to have a dry spot to eat our snacks. I told everyone that we had several tarps, some rope, and many bungee cords that they could use. They quickly got to work on an overhead covering so that everyone could snack in peace.
After our snack time and a short wander to some undiscovered areas of the woods, we realized that our stamina was waning and it was time to head back. Afterall, we want the kids to love the woods, even in the tricky weather.
We saved our weather journals to do inside, and had a special time eating lunch in the classroom! Creating our temperature chart is really exciting, because it provides so many opportunities to talk about numbers and math! We are seeing with our eyes how the weather is in a steady decline, and each week we make predictions and compare the temperature we feel. You can tell a child that the number 70 is higher than 40, but when they feel what 70 degrees is like, and they feel what 40 degrees is like….they know from experience that 40 is lower. When I asked if the temperature number for today would be higher, lower, or the same as last week’s, (showing a thumbs up or down) every child knew for sure that this number was lower! Yaaay! Math is everywhere!
While we only lasted a little over an hour outside, the time we had was great! And, it compelled us to do drawings and have conversations about how we could plan for a better dry spot next time we go out in the rain.
Quotes from the day:
“I don’t think the fairies will come out while we’re there”
“They probably are just only there at night”
“This is like a duck pond puddle”
“This is called Watery Wandering Wednesday”
“This is the funnest Wandering Wednesday yet”
“I found a secret route”
“I can’t get my glove on”
“This stick has water in it”
“I love these little journals, they’re so cute”