Each week we visit the forest by our school for our Waldkinder, or ‘forest children’ explorations.
This week it felt as if the winter had melted away. We spent a perfect morning exploring an area of the forest that we had not visited before. There were tall trees and a rushing stream. The children experimented with ‘force’ by floating leaves and holding sticks in the flowing water. We collected big sticks and worked together to carry them. We dragged the sticks through the squelchy mud to make marks.
Some children recalled previous experiences that we’ve had in the forest. They collected sticks and built ‘fires’.
In our ‘Sharing The Planet’ Unit of Inquiry we are wondering about how animals and humans interact. On this day we searched for animals and insects in the forest. We found some earthworms in the soil by the stream. We are now planning to research to find out more about worms.
Photographs by Rebecca Smith (ICS EY1 Teacher)