Sunday, October 23, 2011

AfterSchool Party! Traveling Storytime, One Small Square: Woods

Little Wonders' Days
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I'm joined by these great blogs to bring you AfterSchool.
What Do We Do All Day?

We enjoyed traveling story time hours this past summer. I pick a book, a destination, and an activity that I think we'll all enjoy and we head out for some fun. I thought it would be nice to bring them back during the school year too.  You can find our other adventures by searching the "Traveling Story Hour" label on the sidebar.
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Stopping for a little birdwatching.

We went for a walk in our favorite woods for Friday Fun.  I brought the book "One Small Square:  Woods" by Donald Silver with us and we stopped at a bench to read a few pages here and there.  While we didn't mark off just one small square to examine, we did change the way we explore the woods for today.

Fall fun with kids

I also brought a basket with a tape measure and a couple of magnifying glasses with us.  I encouraged the kids to walk slowly and look for the small things in the forest that we often walk, or rather run past, without noticing.

One Small Square: Woods

Ahh, yes.  All of the sudden we began to find an entire world that we wouldn't see if we didn't go slowly and stop to look closely.

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Sassyfras examining a pine cone up close.

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Exploring with woods with kids

Spores on a fern.

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Juiciness looking at moss and lichen up close.

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More lichen.  The kids observed that this one looked different from our first lichen we found.

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Magnolia seed pod.

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Little J loved measuring things he found.

You can link up your AfterSchool activities below.  Thank you to everyone that linked up last week.  What great posts!  Here are a few that I would like to feature this week.

Photo courtesy of Living Montessori Now
Montessori inspired pumpkin activities
If you've never checked out Living Montessori Now, I encourage you to do it now!  Deb is a trained Montessori teacher and so freely shares her expertise and rounds up wonderful Montessori inspired activities by themes.  This past week she shared pumpkin themed Montessori inspired activities.

An Apple For Mom
Kristy at An Apple for Mom shared her post, "A Moon Unit by Accident".  Her five year old had been wondering about the moon and Kristy nurtured that interest and helped her kids learn more about the moon. 
Mama Pea Pod
How to make a pumpkin sun catcher

Jane at Mama Pea Pod shared how her daughter made this fabulous jack-o-lantern sun catcher.  Isn't it pretty!  The really fun part is that the face is changeable.

Little Wonders' Days

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Linking to:  Friday's Nature Table, Science Sunday, It's Playtime!


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love all of the treasures you discovered on your slow walk!

Unknown said...

Thanks for featuring our pumpkin sun catchers! I see that they are also in Deb's Montessori halloween page above! I'd better pop over there and thank her too! lol

Love this post by the way! Beautiful pictures from your walk in the woods! Will share it on fb. We did a similar magnifying glass exploration in the summer in the grandparents' back garden. So interesting to look at familiar things in a different way. I posted about it here if you're interested:

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

How nice to be able to walk in the woods on the warm sunny afternoon. Perhaps we can pull it off next weekend. Magnifying glass adds a really nice touch to this exploration.

MissMOE said...

What a great study. We have that book and haven't looked at it lately since my kids are older--perhaps we will pull it out and go on a slow walk. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a fun time you guys had! I love the traveling storytime idea!

momandkiddo said...

Traveling Storytime is such a good idea! We haven't done much this week except for running around in the park, so I hooked up a post from last week.

Elle Belles Bows said...

Great way to explore! E would love it!!

I also love your acorn transfer tray that Deb featured over at LMN.

Hope you are enjoying fall!

Take care,

Amanda said...

Love the traveling storytime! I actually do this often, just never think of it as an activiy, just something that is part of our routine. The kids read to the chickens last week at the farm =)

Deb Chitwood said...

What beautiful photos and great finds on your nature hike, Kelly! Thanks so much for your kind words and for featuring my Halloween Activities post! I'll look forward to some more Pinterest fun with all the awesome activities linked up! :) Deb @

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Look at all that natural treasure! What a wonderful exploration. My little ladies need a magnifying glass, what a gorgeous way to few all that beauty.

We will link up with you next week. Have just returned from our mini camping adventure and sadly missed your link. Looking forward to next week.

Thanks for joining in the fun xoxoxo


Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon said...

Your post photos remind me of the book "A Sense of Wonder" by Rachel Carson. She takes her kids in the woods and they sometimes play the Christmas Tree Game. They find a pine tree and depending on its size talk about what type of animal would use it as a Christmas tree. I thought it was sweet.