The Salamander Room {FIAR}

For Kindergarten and 3rd grade we are making our way through Five in a Row (FIAR) volumes 2 and 3.  This week we dived into volume 3 with "The Salamander Room".

Connor loved this book and the imaginative way the boy dreams up a habitat for his salamander.  Emma on the other hand is our more serious kid and was not amused there were so much nature in the bedroom.

This week we learned the differences between amphibians and reptiles since salamanders look like lizards but are not reptiles. 

We learned about habitats and butterflies with Crinkleroot.  Again Emma wasn't amused.  She didn't care for the name "Crinkleroot" nor his beard and he "talked to much".  ha!  Oh Emma.   Connor loved the books.

We learned how to care for salamanders with the help of a library book.  (and I learned it is not a good idea to check that book out unless you fully intend to give your child a pet salamander). 

We ended the week with another field trip to the conservation area, but this time we went to Hilton Falls, because I learned it is home to the endangered Jefferson Salamander.

We were very lucky to see a couple extremely rare salamanders soon after arriving.

The boys took off at top speed and role played for quite a while.

Not too long into our 3 km hike it began to downpour.  Luckily we came somewhat prepared and carried on.

We managed to correctly navigate ourselves all the way to the falls, and it was wonderful - and the rain even eased up for a little while, giving us time to enjoy the view and have a snack.

On the way back we tried to find a salamander, but had no luck.  It was growing dark, fast, because of the rain clouds and forest canopy, and with 3 kids in tow we didn't want to linger too long.  Connor was very upset we didn't find any but we made promises to come back again and try when it's not so risky (dark).

We couldn't really walk leisurely on the way back so we played a game of "don't run, your muscles will get bigger than mine!" to which Emma replied by running the entire distance back to our van.  (It was much lighter out of the forest of course).  When we got out of the forest  we seen a nice view of Mount Nemo which we visited not to long ago.

And that concludes our "row" of Salamander Room!

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Friday Field Trip: Elora Gorge

Recently we ventured away from home for an afternoon of adventure. 

Adventure it was.   It took us about 45 mins of driving, stopping for bloody noses (thank you Sammy), and driving again.

We have never been to the Elora Gorge before so we did some wandering along the fence line, trying to locate the stairs, which happened to be in a very obvious location right at the entrance to the park. 

Once we located the stairs we made our way down, and then down again on the steep rocky terrain.  At this point I may have had a little bit of a panic as to how I was going to lug Sam back up the Gorge, but in the meantime the kids explored the shallow waters and the awesome little caves.

Connor found some clay and took some home to see what would happen if he shaped it and let it dry.

This is something we are definitely doing again soon as there is still so much to do and see!

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Harold and the Purple Crayon {FIAR}

For our very first "row" of the year with 3rd grade, Kinder, and preschool, I chose Harold and the Purple Crayon.

"... he set off on his walk, taking his big purple crayon with him."

I had saved a DIY chalk a while ago on my Pinterest page and it came to mind with this row.  So we did a bit of science (mixing and setting of the plaster), learned why plaster turns a bit warm, and then set off on a walk, taking our big purple chalk with us.

Emma found a piece of bark that she was intrigued by and when we got home she decided she wanted to paint it, so I gave her red and blue paint.

On another day I had big brother read the book to Emma.

Afterwards, we painted one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eaters.  (the link where I got the idea isn't working right now)

From the library we got a couple books:   Purple: Colors in Nature by Heather Adamson (this was a really neat book telling what was purple and also why.), and we also got Turning Wax Into Crayons.

To end our week, we visited a nearby conservation area that took us up to view Toronto in the far away distance because we were to drive through it the next day.

"Harold knew that the higher up he went, the farther he could see."

While up there we spotted some planes, trains, and a couple turkey vultures.  Before we left Connor was silent then said, "It's so peaceful up here.  I feel so calm."

Walking back out we played with shadows, reflections, and we also located "Harold's" moon.

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