Maple Forest

kmartin/ March 12, 2020/ Air, Animal Tracking, Birds, Community, Hiking, Maple Syrup, Plants, Shelter, Teamwork, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga/ 0 comments

Hi Everyone, “I can see the river flowing, I can smell the sap boiling, I can feel the sun shining…drip, drip, drip”. What a fitting line in one of our new favourite songs shared among our students. We all came to find our river flowing this morning, welcoming ducks, seagulls and Canadian Geese to find food. We participated with boiling Maple Sap this afternoon, and smelled and tasted this sweet

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kmartin/ March 5, 2020/ Birds, Fire Building, Hiking, Past Stories, Shelter, Teamwork, Trees, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hey Everyone, This week we seemed to be followed all day by some of our smaller friends…birds! We hung our first bird feeder this morning and it only took mere minutes before the flock of birds came swooping around us. Some of our visitors were chickadees and white breasted nuthatches. We were so proud of all our little hands who stayed quiet and still while we had birds fly around

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Snowshoes and Snow Cheetahs?

kmartin/ February 27, 2020/ Animals, Fire Building, Ice, Past Stories, Projects, Shelter, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hey Folks, We didn’t notice any super storm today, but we did discover new dens, plants and play! The hunt for the perfect slide was on our radar this morning and while we all had fun sliding through the trees others still feel like there is a hidden gem just waiting to be found and slid on. The powder gave us a great opportunity to build an awesome throne around

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New paths create new memories

kmartin/ February 20, 2020/ Ice, Past Stories, Quiet Mind, Shelter, Sit Spot, Snow, Teamwork, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hey Folks, There is nothing more joyful and pure than observing children in their natural environment and doing what children do best, which is to play! It’s pretty fascinating on how a child’s play start one way and seamlessly transition into something else, and then again and again. This morning our students discovered bum slide hill had turned into super fast slippy slide hill, where we inevitably had to prepare

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All about connections!

kmartin/ February 13, 2020/ Animals, Ecosystems, Insects, Past Stories, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, We often find ourselves taking time to love ourselves and others, while our connection with nature tends to take the back burner. We wanted to focus on how we connect with nature and how nature connects with us. Taking time this morning with our tea we sat in our favourite spots and reflected on deeper questions. As we all know nature is pretty amazing and it works so

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To play, or not to play……Um PLAY!

kmartin/ February 6, 2020/ Animal Tracking, Campfire Notes, Cooking, Fire Building, Past Stories, Quiet Mind, Sit Spot, Teamwork, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hey Folks, As the clouds stuck around this morning, we were welcomed into the forest by some Downy Woodpeckers, White Breasted Nuthatches and the common Goldeneye Ducks. While some students took time to draw, others jumped right into their play. We challenged our Chickadees to start our morning fire, and they went above and beyond! They all collected Birch Bark, hunted for sticks and even created the SPARK! Great Job.

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Maple Taffy and Pine Sap

kmartin/ January 30, 2020/ Animal Tracking, Fire Building, Hiking, Maple Syrup, Past Stories, Snow, Teamwork, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Folks, This morning as we wandered and explored we had a flurry of action and evidence of critters such as tracks, scat and finally spotting them within the trees. We revisted our nature ice art and were in awe at our findings, which also brought back memories of our items. Such creative students we have!   As we discovered and played games within the forest today, some of our

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Squirrel chases and Chickadee cities

kmartin/ January 23, 2020/ Animal Tracking, Animals, Fire Building, Hiking, Past Stories, Quiet Mind, Seeds, Shelter, Sit Spot, Snow, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking in again today, and what a day we had! Our morning started out with a creative twist with U shaped tunnels, and burrows equipped with a tree roof. Our older students tried to defeat our chickadees this morning, but could not escape the sneaky attacks and were put into snow cave guarded by solders! To everyones surprised, they were all released by valiant leaders and

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Add a little snow!

kmartin/ January 23, 2020/ Animal Tracking, Fire Building, Hiking, Past Stories, Shelter, Snow, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, Welcoming back winter…again.. brought us so much joy and discovery. Through our core routines, we continue to explore our new space, and even a little snow can make a magical difference in our exploration. Some of our students discovered a new favorite place called the Fluffy Pine Forest. What a wonderful space with hidden gems, such as Monacrh Crysaliss’s, dens, magical Christmas trees and dancing trees. Some of

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Welcome Back!

kmartin/ January 9, 2020/ Animal Tracking, Community, Fire Building, Hiking, Ice, Past Stories, Teamwork, Trees, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, We hope everyone had a pleasant holiday and memorable new year. We were super excited to hear all about our students new stories and adventures they got up to on their break. This morning we welcomed new and familiar faces to our morning circle. Our students were also engrossed with our new forest and discoveries were all around us. We used our mighty strength and climbed up very

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