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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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Bon Voyage to the Birds

“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 … Continue reading

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A Clearing in the Woods

It took two days of asking and bargaining, but I got Aurora and Stephen to take a hike with me. Actually, for months I have “led by example.” I walk or hike whenever possible. Stephen and Aurora know my beliefs about exercise … Continue reading

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Monarch Magic

What happens when four monarch caterpillars are given to Schoolmates preschool? Monarch magic! Butterfly books are pulled out of storage and displayed on shelves. Laminated photographs of the stages of metamorphosis are put on the table for the children to … Continue reading

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Cycling out of Summer

Even when August was fairly new, signs of autumn were starting to appear. I have always thought of summer as the months of July and August—two months of the year boxed off with hot summer weather for everyone to enjoy. … Continue reading

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Back to School Hike

Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield, CT, was my choice for what has become known as The Back to School Hike. Three years ago I decided to celebrate the first day of school by taking a hike. As soon as Aurora and Stephen’s photos were … Continue reading

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The Explorers Search for Spirals

spi·ral – winding in a continuous and gradually widening (or tightening) curve, either around a central point on a flat plane or about an axis so as to form a cone The Explorers were making spiral after spiral as part of a … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

My friend Jeanie and I took my son Stephen and his friend Sam for a hike. At the beginning of the hike, I noticed a plant with a red stem growing on the edge of the trail and stopped to … Continue reading

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Skunk Cabbage, it’s here!

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 … Continue reading

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A Mushroom Family

Sofia and Ava came running across the playground, “Ann, we found a mushroom family. Come see the mushroom family.”

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