Sounds of Spring

The sights of Spring have been springing up around us for a few weeks now, but we were much more aware of its sounds this week! From a drumming woodpecker (spotted by D) to a ‘quacking’ wood frog, we’ve been noticing so many different animal sounds. Inspired by this spring symphony of sorts, we accompanied a reading of “In the Tall Tall Grass” with musical instruments. We also mimicked the rain we heard outside, growing from a quiet spring shower to a loud thunderstorm, and talked about piano and forte. Then we explored some other musical concepts by playing fast vs slow tempos and bumpy (staccato) vs smooth (legato). D was drawn to the drum, K to the xylophone, and E to the sandpaper blocks-they made a great percussive trio!

Although we didn’t actually hear its sound, we could imagine it while observing the Great-Horned Owlet near the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Mom was close by, but very well-camouflaged. This was our longest hike yet, but the Trooper Trappers Team lived up to its name, making it all the way to and through the wildflower garden and back! 

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Snack break on the way to Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.

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Stopping to listen to a woodpecker...

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Taking a rest in the wildflower garden.

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...and look at a beetle!