Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – January 2012

We have had much opportunity to engage in mud puddle play this month. It has rained so much that there has consistently been deep water for the children to splash in and jump in. It has been a great test for their supposedly waterproof clothing! A big project this month was building a sturdy bridge […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – December 2011

December was a warm month with very little rain. We observed signs of spring throughout the forest: leaf buds on the elderberry, salmonberry and Indian plum, catkins (flowers) of the alder and hazelnut, and young emerging sprouts of miner’s lettuce, cleavers and shot weed. We have even seen insects like moths and crane flies out […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – November 2011

We have moved into a very different season and it is palpable in the forest. The temperatures this past month have dipped into the 40’s and we have noticed that whether we feel cold or not on a particular day is independent of the thermometer. Regardless of the temperature, we experience the cold differently depending […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – October 2011

October was quite warm this year with some days in the 70’s and we noticed many seasonal anomalies: big green caterpillars, shield bugs, new buds on the elderberry, sprouts of miner’s lettuce and cleavers, and catkins on the hazelnut and alder trees. Our native banana slugs continued to be out in full force, eating mushrooms […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – September 2011

Since it is the start of the new school year, we have spent alot of time reviewing our basic rules of kindness and safety. Our rules of kindness are: No hitting, no grabbing, no pushing and no mean words. Our most important safety rule is that each child must always be able to see a […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – June 2011

Summer warmth has finally settled in and the forest air is perfumed with the aroma of all the native flowering plants. Dragonflies and butterflies have emerged and we have discovered different types of grubs and inch worms. These observations led to a discussion about metamorphosis, or the four stages of growth in all insects: egg, […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – May 2011

Flowers and insects and the relationship between them have been the seasonal field lesson this past month. With such a late, cool and damp spring, we have entered that season later than usual this year. The forest air is dominated by the exquisite aroma of native wildflowers, primarily huckleberry and madrona. We have collected a […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – April 2011

Although the month of April has been cool, many of the plants have progressed to a new stage of growth and our spring foraging options have increased greatly. We have been enjoying salmonberry leaf buds and flower petals, salal leaf buds, evergreen huckleberry flowers and ” goodness” ( the red new growth of the evergreen […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – March 2011

Well, March this year certainly came in like a lion and went out like a lamb! On the first of March we still had ice in our birdbath and the days were cold enough that I was regularly bringing our hot potato edible hand warmers and a thermos of hot water to warm the kids’ […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – February 2011

February turned out to be another mix of unusually warm and unusually cold weather. On February 4 it was actually warm enough that several of the children went barefoot. This means that January was the only month so far that we have not had at least one barefoot day since the beginning of the school […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – January 2011

The spiders have been spinning their webs in the trees and a few have even spun webs in the dream catcher hoops that we make with the flexible cedar boughs. We have been learning some facts about spiders, including how many legs they have, how many body parts, how they live, what they eat and […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – December 2010

We had unseasonably mild weather this month with December 6 being warm enough that four of the children felt comfortable enough to go barefoot! This month also brought more wind which covered the forest floor with lots of debris. We have spent time noticing the distinct change in season as we move from late fall […]

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