Category Archives: Explorers and teaching

The Explorers’ First Hike of the New Year

The Explorers returned to school this week and were ready to get outside. They made many discoveries along the trail.

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Do Cheetahs Purr?

African animals have been a topic of investigation and discussion in the Explorers classroom. In a class vote, cheetah won favorite African animal. The next day, this was the Question of the Day: For facts and information about cheetahs visit … Continue reading

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Explorer Finds from the Trail

As we hike the trails around Schoolmates, the eagle-eye Explorers discover many things that interest them. Here are some things they found this week. The Explorers really like worms.

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My Back to School Hike

First day of school had arrived for Stephen and Aurora. I put them on their bus and returned to my now quiet kitchen. My school starts a week later than theirs, so I had the day to myself. I made … Continue reading

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Goldfinch Fever

At the first hint of spring, I bought two bright yellow thistle feeders—one for the Explorers and one for me and my family. In my twenties, I visited my friends Greg and Melinda, in Martha’s Vineyard. Their house had a … Continue reading

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Jack’s Shares his Exciting Morning

Jack, one of the Explorers at Schoolmates, arrived on a Monday morning with a photograph and a great story about an owl, a mouse, and three blue jays. Earlier that morning, Jack and his mom heard a racket in their backyard. … Continue reading

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My Favorite Kind of Streaming!!!

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A Balancing Act

Lori and Erica, two imaginative teachers at Schoolmates, came up with this activity. At the end of the school day, they braved the wind and cold in search of just the right moss to create a spring-like center for the … Continue reading

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I was inspired…

I was inspired by the wind moving the branches of the trees. —Jack

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Wood Frogs Visit the Explorers

Most years as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I start to listen for the wood frog’s song. There is a swamp and a pond near Schoolmates. These are  favorite breeding spots for wood frogs. I love it when the frogs arrive! … Continue reading

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