Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – December 2017

By Erin Kenny ©2017 The children have been noticing that the huckleberries are more sour and harder to find this month. One 4-year-old commented that it is because they are no longer “in season” demonstrating that she had incorporated our observations from last month about each plants’ season for eating. Brother Wind was a big […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – November 2017

By Erin Kenny ©2017 Autumn has rapidly accelerated this month and the children have noticed that all the leaves still on the trees are yellow. When teachers asked why that might be, all the children correctly identified the season as fall. One three-year-old boy made the statement “When leaves are falling off and no leaves […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – October 2017

By Erin Kenny ©2017 October has been a wet and windy month this year although the temperatures are still unseasonably warm. We noticed that Brother Wind joined us on many days; we notice this element by the sound it makes through the leaves, by the way the tree branches begin to sway and by the […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – September 2017

When we started back at school this fall, the first thing everyone noticed was how dry is was in the forest. The children noticed it was very slippery because the debris on top of the soil rolled under their feet. They not only assessed this risk and slowed their pace down voluntarily, they frequently made […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – May 2016

As the weather has warmed, it has been an exciting month for wildlife sightings. More birds have joined the chorus in our forest. We have seen and heard chickadees, juncos, pacific flycatchers, nuthatches and pileated woodpeckers with regularity. The elusive Swainson’s thrush has arrived with its enchanting upward spiraling melodic song. We heard the woodpecker […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – March 2016

Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – March 2016

By Erin Kenny ©2016 The mild March weather yielded many signs of spring, including dandelion flowers, red huckleberry flowers and salmonberry flowers; cottonwood husks on the ground; babies in the sword fern nests and measurable and remarkable bracken fern growth; new sprouts of miner’s lettuce, sticky wicky and shot weed; and new leaves on the […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – February 2016

Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – February 2016

By Erin Kenny ©2016 February was a mix of dark low hanging clouds, lots of fog, light sprinkles of rain and downpours although we did notice some early signs of Spring. There were even several days when the temperature was warm enough for bare feet. We talked a lot this month about how even though […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – January 2016

Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – January 2016

By Erin Kenny ©2016 January was the coldest month so far and we got a chance to study ice. During the coldest week, we took field trips to the meadow every day where the little stream and vernal pond had frozen. As the week progressed and the weather warmed, the ice diminished and we could […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – December 2015

December in the forest was dark and foggy. We had several of the coldest days so far, with temperatures in the low 30’s (Fahrenheit). Our teachers had to work diligently to make sure the children stayed warm. We also kept open communication with the parents about what clothing was working and what was not. Because […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – November 2015

We experienced lots of water this month in the form of rain, mist, fog and ice. This prompted us to start repeating our winter water play rhyme: “If we see ice or snow on any day, there will be no water play”. We have been explaining to the children the very real dangers of hypothermia […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – October 2015

Although we had more rain this month, the temperatures stayed quite warm resulting in an explosion of mushrooms in the forest. The children were genuinely excited each time they discovered a mushroom and of course our teachers modeled their own authentic wonder and curiosity too. We have started learning about the major groupings of mushrooms […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – September 2015

The weather this month has been warm enough for many of the kids to strip off most of their layers including their footwear. It was only towards the end of the month that we began to notice signs of autumn. When we asked the kids how they knew the season had changed, they responded with […]

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