Update - January 21st 2017

Hello All,

  We had another week full of emergent learning opportunities and active fun here at RTH!  The weather threw a few challenges our way, but with the exception of Tuesday, we were able to venture out in the ice covered snow each day.  Thank you to all families who attend on Tuesdays for your flexibility and understanding this week!!!

  We began each day with research on animals and how they survive in the winter.  We had a special focus on birds.  We also spent time observing birds from different distances.  We learned that Chick-a-dees and Woodpeckers are very brave, and were able to get right up close to these two species of birds!  We also spent more time tracking as nature detectives.  Most groups collected nature items for art and craft creations during our hikes.

  We tried out a few new games this week including the animal guessing game, and ants in a line.  We also returned to many old favourites including the sleeping bear and fox and geese.  

  Cardinal continued her novel study of Little House in the Big Woods.  Please remember to bring in a shoe box if your child attends on Wednesdays or Fridays.  

  We used snowshoes for traction this week!  A few groups made it to the river trail to look for changes and try to solve the mystery of which animal is chewing on our trees by the river?  

  A big thank you to Juliet for coming on Friday to film and document play and loose part creations for my Forest School Assignments!  I really appreciate the support and could not do it without you Juliet!  Fridays group enjoyed hiking to collect vines and make crown creations!  

  Our sled hill was surprisingly great this week, but has mostly diminished over the weekend!  I will keep you posted on its status!

  On Saturday I shared our RTH happenings at a winter outdoor education conference for the Simcoe County Board of Education.  It was another excellent opportunity for RTH!

  Stay tuned for summer camp information for students who are 4 and 5 years old.  Camps will be run the weeks of July 24th and August 7th.  Please email me if you are interested in signing up!

  Take care and we look forward to another action packed week!

Shannon