This week we rocked out! We learned all about rocks and minerals together. We talked about the 3 main types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic, and explored with a fun collection of rocks from around the world. Just in time I found out about a great local resource: Rock Solid Learning! Amy was kind enough to meet me and sell me some lovely rocks, which is what the kids got to take home this week!
Of course there are always so many exciting things to learn about in the woods. This week we found so many green pine cones (did the kids paint them green? ;)) fallen from a very blustery storm the night before.
And there was the all exciting wood chip truck, the fresh load of steaming wood chips, and then time to explore elf cove, read and snack together, be a clown in a paper birch hat, and rock out to rock music!
We had fun talking about volcano rocks (that pumice sure is heavy isn't it kids? ;)), investigating insect trails on sticks, sneaking up on and seeing what middle schoolers were learning, and chilling a bit in the dry "creek" bed.
In fairy valley there was some great team work with new fairy house construction, silly play with "Fern" the pet worm, and later cone sorting.
These kids were all so proud of their new rocks they wanted to show them off to me!
We found a fairy camp site today, some interesting new plants, AND a tiny baby salamander, SO cute!
The kids also had a great time rocking out,
and got really into their "cafe" and playing all around this fallen log:
We had fun running our fingers through the rocks, and then later having some playdough to help us talk about the life cycle of rocks. We smooshed down the igneous rocks into layers of sedimentary rocks, and then mixed it all up into a metamorphic rock!
We had a dance party too, they were the most into it of all the classes!
On the way back to the shelter there were little rock stores to buy rocks at and then spontaneous pine cone stores as well!
I love the creative play that happens at FH!
It was a rockin' week all right!