We read “The Shortest Day” and “Grandfather Twilight” to introduce the concept of winter solstice. We also talked about nocturnal animals that are more active at night; and the planets Jupiter and Saturn coming very close together (to the naked eye) this month, while still remaining millions of miles apart. Look for a very bright ‘star’ in the sky shortly after sunset this week!
To celebrate Solstice, we sang together and thought about a wish or hope for the coming year, while walking around a spiral we made in the fallen leaves of the oak savanna. We also made lanterns and read “Swirl by Swirl”, which drew our attention to the many spirals in nature.
Happy Solstice and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share the wonders of nature with your children! Wishing all of you the joy and peace of the holiday season ; )
Examining a branch that looked like it had been gnawed on by a beaver!
‘Skating’ on the ice close to the shore...can’t wait to venture out farther after break, like the hockey players we watched playing this week!