In the Garden & Nature walk

The children and I have been talking about changes. It's not difficult to see the many changes all around us. Inside, we already started singing our autumn songs, and our circle time is filled with a lot of chatter about what the children have been seeing outside their windows (at home), and the Small Wonders windows as well. So far friends have seen squirrels, deer, rabbits, birds, worms, and a friend saw a spider in his yard :)
And look at what we saw on our walk today? I think my love for dragonflies is rubbing off on the kids...they begged me to take a photo of this one. We also saw a ladybug (below).

We talked about changes in the weather - and we read a few poems about autumn. We discussed the importance of and the need to "change: our clothes from shorts and t-shirts to warmer and heavier materials to go outside.

We talked about how the leaves are falling all around us. They have changed colours from green to red, yellow,, brown, orange, and they are very crunchy when we walk on them. We also talked about the cool air, and how (on our nature walk) we could smell the wet grass, and even some of the fallen leaves.
There was even some ice where we had left water in containers in the backyard - very thin but they noticed it right away, and each took turn picking up the pieces , it was also cold to touch.
In the next few weeks, we are going to continue to use all our senses as we explore nature.
In the garden there have been some changes as well. The kids were searching for strawberries - we didn't find any today. We found another zucchini growing (which we will use for soup next week).
We will also pick the tomatoes and put them in a paper bag to ripen them.
The sweet onions, beets and radishes will also be picked and used for soup, or saved for later.


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