Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – October 2014

It has been one wet month here in the Pacific Northwest! We’ve had record rainfall and have observed the highest levels in our mud puddle to date. The kids excitedly guessed each morning whether the puddle would be bigger or smaller than the last time they were at Cedarsong. There were many days when the […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – September 2014

We have enjoyed a great start to the new school year. It is wonderful to see the returning children taking on a mentor role with the new children. We began each day of the first few weeks with a review of our most important Cedarsong rules. First there are the rules of kindness: no hitting, […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – April 2014

The weather has dramatically changed and all the plants have entered a new phase of growth this month. The forest is teeming with signs of life and the children are exuberantly bouncing off the trails. The ambient temperature has risen and even on rainy days it does not have the same chill of winter or […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – March 2014

During the month of March in the pacific northwest, signs of spring are everywhere! Dangly alder catkins cover the ground, having distributed their pollen last month, and new leaf buds have become noticeable on the alder branch tips. Many plants are erupting with signs of life after their winter hibernation or dormancy: Leaves are bursting […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – February 2014

February weather ranged from freezing cold temperatures, with ice, snow, frost, and heavy winds to sunshine and barefoot days. Signs of spring are now everywhere throughout the forest: buds on twigs, alder catkins dropping from the branches, pollen visibly drifting through the air, leaves emerging on the elderberry bushes and nettles popping up here and […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – January 2014

January in the northwest was quite warm and we actually had some barefoot days. The temperatures have fooled the plant world into thinking it is spring: the pussywillows are in bloom, the nettles are ½ inch tall, new grass is sprouting, the elderberry buds are opening, hazelnut catkins are dangling and there are buds on […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – December 2013

In the pacific northwest of the U.S., the time of winter solstice feels more like the middle of winter than the beginning. Our wet season begins in early fall and runs right through late spring! This year we have noticed some unusual activity in the plant world that seems to indicate spring rather than winter, […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – November 2013

November was warm enough that we had several barefoot days in the forest. There was also a lot of wind, leading to daily accumulations of fir needles and small branches on the forest floor. We experienced many days of fog this month which led to opportunities to discuss what fog is. The children have noticed […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – October 2013

Autumn is palpable in the air and on the ground from chillier temperatures to permanently damp earth. We have all added more clothing layers this month and the children have been requesting their mittens more often. That being said, we also experienced several days this month when it was warm enough for the children (and […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – September 2013

September was mostly dry and warm, with some drippy rain and foggy days. We had many barefoot kids right through the third week of September. In my experience, going barefoot is one of the most common experiences young children gravitate towards and these Forest Kindergarten children are all so thankful that they can go without […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – June 2013

The warmer weather has resulted in swarms of mosquitoes in the forest. One child asked, “Why do we have mosquitoes?” which prompted a discussion about how each creature on earth has a purpose even if we do not know what it is. We talked about how mosquitoes are an important food source for many birds. […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – May 2013

Spring is in full bloom and the children have been filled with exuberance this month. The mild weather has caused the forest floor to warm up and dry out leading to many barefoot days this month. Going barefoot is one of the universal activities that children gravitate towards. Our Cedarsong children are lucky they get […]

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