Time to catch up!

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Well Ms. Michelle has succeeded in letting 3 TT’s go by without reporting all the good stuff that has been going on. Allow me this blog to catch everyone up on our learning adventures.

On May 7th, we studied the stars. We learned about constellations, especially the big dipper. We went inside the mega awesome digital planetarium (the digitarium) and watched time speed by as we gazed at the shifting stars and planets. We even did some time travel and zoomed in to jupiter and the moon! It was super cool.
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After our astronomy show we made constellation viewers of our own zodiac sign. The tots even painted the night sky and watched the stars come out as they painted (I pre-dotted constellations in white crayon on the paper that they painted).

On May 14th, in honor of mother’s day we learned about mammals and what good mommies they are. It was a wolf theme class since the only mommy and offspring we have at Oatland is Willow our alpha female and her 3 pups (now full grown). We made our pack necklaces:

This was the wolf pack medallion

This was the wolf pack medallion


and then we ventured over to Wolf Wilderness and gave the pack a treat in honor of mother’s day. It was a howling good time.
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Now, on to the present, today, May 21st. Since last Saturday was Wetland’s Day here at Oatland, I decided to take the theme and go with it. We sang a song about salt marshes that I wrote. Sometimes when you can’t find a song about a subject you are studying, you just have to make up your own. This ditty came to me on my bike ride as I was looking at the marsh. I like using sign language in my class so we signed salt marsh (using wetlands sign), snail, crab, and marsh hen. I now need to record my song with guitar and I will put it on youtube for others that need a salt marsh song.
After, we read a story about squishing through a wetland. At the end of class we had a few marsh visitors including: periwinkle snails, fiddler crabs, and a diamond back terrapin. My little people had a painting session and made an imprints of wetland animals using rubber prints of fish, snails, crabs, ferns, snakes and other wetland animals. It was a wonderful wetland week!

See you next Tuesday!

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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