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love I love skunk cabbage. It is one of my favorite signs of spring. As a child, I would carefully navigate the edge of brooks and swamps, making sure not to step on skunk cabbage plants. It was fun to be a bit scared of the potential stink, though the fear of the smell was worse than the smell itself.
Each year, as the light changes and the air warms, I…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on April 18, 2016 at 2:13pm — No Comments
It was a fitting end to our time with this adventurous group of children. They were always ready to hit the trails and make discoveries. Some days we would only make it to the front of the…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on July 30, 2015 at 3:35am — No Comments
Coloring rice was the project of the day. White rice, water color paints, plastic bags, two teachers, and eight Explorers were the ingredients needed for this plan. Each child was asked, "What color rice would you like to make?"
"Blue, yellow, pink, light green, turquoise, dark green, orange, and purple," were the answers that rang through the classroom.
In teams of…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on February 16, 2015 at 10:56am — No Comments
My husband, Dave, has a pair of Limmer boots. They are handmade boots that are made in New Hampshire. He has had the boots for at least 15 years. Even though they have always been just a little too tight he continues to wear them because he likes the tightness when hiking, loves the boots and the company that…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on December 31, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
"The red-winged blackbird is the true harbinger of spring." This is a sentence I repeat at least two or three times a year. I first hear it at the Connecticut Audobon's Eagle Festival. My children and I went to the festival hoping to learn more about eagles and meet the bird experts. The festival is held in February, when everyone is looking toward spring and the return…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on November 14, 2014 at 5:07am — No Comments
While walking in the woods this afternoon, I found an Eastern Box Turtle sitting among the fallen leaves. At some point each autumn, I find a box turtle in about the same location. Today, I learned that they have a limited home range and spend their entire life ranging from…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on October 18, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments
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Go wild. It's time. Summer vacation is in full swing at our house. With so much time together, occasionally, Stephen and Aurora get on each others nerves. One day last week, I heard one of the calls of summering children, "Stop it. Give it back. Don't." My reply was, "Please stop arguing. Pack some plastic containers into backpacks and get your bikes. We are going…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on August 19, 2014 at 3:47am — No Comments
"Catching a bluebird might be tricky. Maybe you could help Millie create a bluebird environment at her house. If she's successful, a pair of bluebirds might move in, build a nest, and have a family right in Millie's backyard. Millie could watch their activity, learn about bluebirds, and…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on May 13, 2014 at 4:16am — No Comments
A new rainforest puzzle was recently introduced to the Explorer classroom. One of the best parts of working in an educational environment is that something as simple as a new puzzle can inspire lots of learning and collaboration.
The long colorful puzzle features many exotic birds and animals that live in the rainforest. As soon as the puzzle was completed, Ethan, one of the…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on March 24, 2014 at 5:06pm — No Comments
While looking through old photographs, I came across one that I had used for my Christmas card in 1994. My son William was two-years-old and in love with animals. He played with toy animals, we read stories about animals, and we visited animals at the Roger Williams Park Zoo all the time. In fact, for Christmas that year, we gave out gift certificates that read, "This…Continue
Snow on a Saturday—great! Who scheduled the recent snowstorm? My compliments. On Friday, we knew it was going to snow the next day. We cancelled our plans to travel and settled in for a day at home. No worries about piling up too many snow days that would force the kids to go to school until the end of June. Traveling to work wasn't a concern. I know, two Saturdays to go…Continue
The summit of Mount Monadnock was our goal on a sunny summer day. Friday night we camped at Monadnock State Park at the foot of this popular mountain. Monadnock is said to be the world's third most climbed mountain, behind Japan's Mount Fuji and China's Mount…Continue
"I saw a red-bellied woodpecker at my suet feeder."
"I saw a red-tailed hawk in a tree."
This is how I am greeted at school each morning. Melissa and I are teaching the Explorers about birds and, wow, are they learning. In late October, we put a bird feeder in a classroom window. Tufted…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on April 20, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments
As winter wanes here are two books to put on the winter reading list for next year.
Earlier this winter, Jessica, our local librarian, visited the Explorer’s classroom. She always chooses fun, beautiful, interesting books that have a nature theme or are just off the presses.
Librarians are a great resource when looking for books to share with children. And nature-based books provide a wonderful way to introduce and connect children to nature.
These are the…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on April 2, 2013 at 12:51pm — No Comments
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Twas the night before Christmas, All the animals stood
In the crisp peaceful silence, Of their home in the wood.
The trees towered in might, Their branches did clatter,
As the squirrels come out, Of their nests, pitter patter.
The deer came together, they met, they communed
And from beyond the hilltop, rose the…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on December 24, 2012 at 5:59am — No Comments