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Drinking Nectar

At Mimi’s house, I saw a butterfly drinking nectar. — Hallie, almost 5-years-old

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Signs of Chipmunks

During a hike in New York, a piece of wood caught my eye. Its was weathered white and circular in shape. When I knelt down to take a picture of it, I noticed an opened nutshell, then another, and another. … Continue reading

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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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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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Snow + Birdseed + Creative Vision

A creative idea for a snow day. The birds and squirrels will love it!

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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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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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