It was nice to be back together again after our holiday break. Breathing the cool fresh air, with sunlit paths, made for perfect conditions for our Science Friday Adventure hike. Jack & Maddy, headed out with a compass and notepad to create a map of the Pistachio Heart Trail, and the rest of us headed straight up to the pond to see what has been happening since we last visited.
On the way, we decided to stop and create a heart on the side of the path with fallen pine cones. While gathering pine cones, Willa notice a nice flush of tiny mushrooms, and Scout was delighted to find a stash of pine nuts! “Look," she shouted, "lets crackem’ with a stone and eat’em”. Further up the trail at the base of a grey pine, was a large mound of squirrel pinecone litter. Willa dove in, noticing the heat of the mound as she scratched her hands over the litter. Which launched Grace into a talk about decomposition.
We continued our walk noticing signs that winter was on its way. We sung our phonics song along the way, which is very fun to sing. It goes like this, “The A says, aaa, the A says, aaa, every letter makes a sound, the A says aaaa. The B says, bah, the B says bah" etc. Once we arrived at the pond, we talked about the many creates that use the pond as their habitat; frogs, tadpoles, fish, birds, dear, rabbits, squirrels.
We came back from our walk to fresh hot pomegranate scones and nettle tea and talked about our favorite parts of the adventure. Jack said he loved using the compass to track all the different directions the path took, Maddy said her favorite part was sitting by the Buddah Watering hole, Maisie said she loved finding pinecones with moss on them, and Grace said she loved teaching the kids about decomposition. We finished up the day with the next chapter in our story book, The Wise Enchanter.