Category Archives: Explorers and teaching

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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Hide and Seek with the Moon

It was a clear summer night, and I was driving down a dark wooded road. My son, William, almost 2-years-old, was behind me in his car seat. “Moon,” called William into the silence of the car. I looked to the east … Continue reading

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Time to Tap

The Explorers were in the middle of snack time when we got the word, “Put your coats on and come outside for a few minutes. Brendan is here to tap the tree.” We all stood up, put on our coats, … Continue reading

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Natural Scientists Right from the Start

It’s going to be another great year at Schoolmates. The new Explorers arrived in the rain on Wednesday, September 6. Everyone had raincoats and asked, “Are we going to hike today?” A little rain wasn’t going to stop these enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Little Things

And then there is the world of little things, seen all too seldom. Many children, perhaps because they themselves are small and closer to the ground than we, notice and delight in the small and inconspicuous. With this beginning, it … Continue reading

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Hiking and Singing in the Rain

On a recent Monday, the Explorers took a hike in the rain. Earlier that morning, I emailed the parents and asked them to bring in boots and raincoats for their children because we hoped to take a hike before the heavy rain settled in. The … Continue reading

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