Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – April 2013

Spring has kicked into full bloom and our foraging opportunities have increased greatly. After the weeklong spring break this month, the kids immediately noticed two distinct changes in the plants: that there were pink flowers on the salmonberry and that the very red young tender new growth of the evergreen huckleberry leaves had shown up. […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – March 2013

March this year was very warm and mild in the pacific northwest and we even had some barefoot kids this month. Evidence of Spring is everywhere: young sprouts, leaves bursting out on branches, new bird calls, and a major increase in insect activity. The sun is more noticeable through the trees as the angle changes […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – February 2013

February was a diverse month with elements of both winter and spring. The children were bouncing more than usual this month, as we notice happens every spring. It’s like the children’s energy shifts along with the natural world, coming out of the dormancy of winter and into the activity of spring. This month was marked […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – January 2013

The Forest Kindergarten children have been enjoying the early signs of spring, noticing new leaf buds on many of the forest plants. We have also noticed that the birds are becoming more active. The flocks of golden-crowned kinglets have enchanted us many times this month and although we hear them all around us, it is […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – December 2012

As we moved closer to the Winter Solstice, the kids noticed that it seems to be twilight in the forest all day. We have helped the kids visualize the changing length of day by prompting them to think about whether it is dark right now when they are eating their dinners. All the kids answered […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – November 2012

November was wet and windy however since we are still experiencing warmer than usual weather, we are starting to notice many signs of spring this fall. We have seen new leaf buds on the hazelnut, huckleberry, salmonberry and elderberry twigs. New sprouts are emerging, still too young for us to know what plant they will […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – October 2012

Of course the most fascinating observation we have been making all month is the ebb and flow of our mud puddle. Before the rain returned, the mud puddle area was dry and dusty and the children explored the perfect dirt to water ratio for creating the ideal mud. When the rain first began, it was […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – September 2012

What a magical first month back at Cedarsong! Although some of the new kids seemed tentative at first, within a very short time everyone became completely immersed in nature and comfortable at their outdoor school. It is great to see the second and third year children becoming mentors and teaching and nurturing the new children. […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – May 2012

The sweet aroma of cottonwood infusing the forest air last month has been replaced by the delicate scent of the huckleberry and the elderberry flowers. As the weather warms, the children are stripping off their layers and going barefoot with more frequency. The children’s energy level keeps increasing and they have spontaneously engaged in several […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – April 2012

This has been a particularly exhilarating month filled with uncontrollable giggling, hearty laughter, unabashed joy, heightened exuberance and downright silliness. The birds and buzzing insects have filled the forest with sound adding to the celebratory air. We could quite literally smell spring as the sweet aroma of the cottonwood leaf bud resin and the elderberry […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – March 2012

This past March has been a spectrum of weather, from snow to dumping rain to high winds to sunshine days warm enough that the children were shedding layers of clothing. The insect, bird and plant world are showing plenty of evidence that the days have been finally warm enough to be called Spring. We have […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – February 2012

We discovered many more signs of spring during the month of February, from both the plant and the animal world. The birds have been filling the forest with song and all of our most familiar birds, like the song sparrow, the towhee and the raven are making sounds we haven’t heard before as they claim […]

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