"It's fall!" -Georgia (As said with elation while jumping at the sight of a falling leaf.)
"It's different (dancing) out here. The mulch kicks under your feet," Eliza commented, following our first outdoor morning meeting. We have thoroughly been enjoying the weather outside during our outdoor times, offering opportunities to work with additional, specific materials especially on our Tuesday and Thursday backwards days.
Pictured below, was a table with wire and materials to add to the wire such as beads and cloth with the challenge to create a space between each added material by twisting or turning the wire so that they didn't touch. "How about I twist it together to make it longer." -Adaline Familiar techniques were practiced while some new techniques were discovered such as using a pointed object to perforate the cloth to allow the wire to thread through the finer weave of the fabric. "So first, let me show you, I have to poke it in..." explained Gracie, followed by inserting a piece of wire.
Some more observation, exploration, and discoveries occurred when some of the children, together, they turned over a tree stump. "There's a worm!" they exclaimed. "I want to hold it," Win and other children said, gradually taking turns passing off the small earth worm or millipede. "What's that yellow stuff?" Georgia asked pointing and referring to the lichen like matter. Along with the earth worm and millipedes there were many, tiny white aphid like insects and eventually a teeny tiny snail was spotted. "Can we keep it?!" Caroline asked with a tenderly persuasive plea. Turns then were taken to carefully hold the small piece of mulch hosting the tiny snail with information to hold only the wood so as not to harm or disturb the delicate structure of the snail, which is different than the worm. About the worm or possibly the snail too, Georgia said, "They're even more gentle. They're even more gentle than I thought."
Happy Autumnal Equinox and Enjoy Your Weekend!