Frog Fridays: Snake Sightings and Dragonfly Adventures

Today, we stated our morning by talking about Black Rat snakes since we saw two in the Tadpoles sandbox’s roof.  We talked about their habits and life spans. Now we know that they can grow up to 7 feet long (the biggest in VA) and they can eat as many birds, one after another very easily.  We also know that they strike and have black backs and white bellies.

At Morning Meeting, Frogs talked about the safety rules of going to Huntley Meadows and how can be safe during our small walk.  Our friends said that it is very helpful to stay in the teacher sandwich, to find a partner and hold hands when crossing the street and to always walk in the boardwalk. Those suggestions reminded the Peeper frogs how to be helpful since we went to Huntley Meadows today.

I took the Peeper frogs to Huntley Meadows with Ms. Julie.  We walked all the way to the Wetland, in our walk we saw geese, snapping turtles, box turtles, ducks, tiny frogs, two snakes and heard birds and bull frogs.  In our way back we played running games, kids picked an animal they wanted to be and made a sound like the animal they picked. It was a fun walk.


At Morning Meeting, they shared a beetle shell found in dirt, they touched and described. They also talked about rat snakes after watching how the two snakes ate all the baby birds from the tadpoles’ nests. Ms. Oksana shared some facts on how they eat. Also talked about finding a special animal that we admire from Frog Pond/Huntley Meadows. They will decorate their journal with this animal and try to learn more about its special characteristics. They were asked to find one that appeals to them not to their friends.  For their activity, they explored various animal references and pictures, talked about their special characteristics. Then children drew those that appealed to them.


Some kids found a baby Box Turtle at Toad Mountain they looked it very carefully for a short time then went and played with trucks in Goat Alley.

Other kids decided to collected rocks, took it to the outdoor classroom and colored it.


Dragonflies and Frogs helped Ms. Sarah to built tracks for their cars.

They used colorful tapes, made tracks and parking lots. They also colored and built with blocks.

Even though two snakes ate the baby birds,  some kids were very mature for their age to understand that is how life cycle works. Others were sad. Still, we had an awesome day in nature, learning and discussing it all together as a School Family.

~ Frog Class ~

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Tadpole Tuesdays: Monarch Fun!

The day started off with a lot of running and chasing games. We continued the movement in Baby Doll Circle Time. For Baby Doll Circle Time, we practiced a couple of different stop and go games. Their favorite was helping their babies do different movements around the circle as fast as they could. We ran, hopped, walked, and flew. When they heard “Red light!” they would stop quickly and then the movement would change.

On the sidewalk there was a lot of excitement when we used the chalk to make butterfly wings for each of our friends. The Tadpoles took turns laying down and we drew butterfly wings around them. They loved it and even started making wings for each other. They made several pairs of beautiful rainbow wings.

After we were finished making wings on the side walk many of the Tadpoles enjoyed playing a butterfly life cycle game. First sat on the ground and pretended to be eggs. Then we popped out of the eggs and ate a few mint leaves to help us grow into big fat caterpillars. After we ate some mint we stood still and did a little dance to turn into chrysalids. But their favorite part was when we emerged as butterflies and flew around the yard.

So many of the Tadpoles flew around the yard with Ms. Sadeka and looked for flowers to rest on and eat. We also had a great time making pancakes in the sandbox with Ms. Koko. Several of the Tadpoles enjoyed playing a game on in the tunnel, climbing on the monkey bars, and driving the cars up and down the sidewalk.

At Toad Mountain the Jumpers were excited to play a butterfly game in the meadow with the Frogs. We also tried out making bracelets with some of the long grass on the Mountain. Unfortunately, by the time we left many of them were lost or broken. They also enjoyed playing Hungry Hippo and running all over the mountain.


The Tadpole Team

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Frog Pond Celebrates Annual Sensory Walk

Enjoy some photos from our Annual Sensory Walk, where children, teachers, and families take our love of the natural world to a whole new level of gush, mush, and muck! 

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Frog Fridays: Bees and Being Helpful


We enjoyed a beautiful day exploring nature. The children are learning to take turns being the morning meeting leader. At our morning meeting, we sang two songs: Peter Peter and STAR Song. We also made a poster for being STAR helpers, for our classroom. (See Conscious Discipline for more information). We will have all the children’s names on the board. They seemed very excited to be a STAR (Stop, Take a deep breath, And Relax). One of our friends brought dead honey bees and honeycomb from home to share in a morning meeting. They all looked at it and had group discussion about how bees help us by pollinating plants.

The children enjoyed playing at the water table with sand and sea-shells.

Many of them went pretend fishing at the mud puddle and some of them were looking for the frogs under the logs and they found one. They also harvested tomatoes from our garden today. We will make spaghetti sauce with them tomorrow.

Chorus Frogs finished their scuba diver craft. They seemed very happy to be scuba divers and talked about how they want to explore the ocean.

Peeper Frogs made bee crafts with construction paper. They put all bee body parts together with glue and decorated it.

Green Tree Frogs acted out the daily life of a bee. Some of them made bee hives and some of them collected nectar and helped pollinating flowers.

Some of them gave a warning “I will sting you” buzz.

Dragonflies reviewed a Huntley Meadows map lesson and used it to follow our trails using numbered trail markers. They looked at the compass to review directions.  They saw spider webs, turtles and they heard frogs.

They drew in their journals and enjoyed a beautiful nature walk together.

It was another fun day of exploring at the Frog Pond!


~ The Frog Team ~

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Tadpole Tuesdays: Making Airplanes & Finding Frog Eggs!

One of our outside projects today was to make little planes out of sticks and string. When we were outside in the Yard a lot of the Tadpoles took trips to the brush pile to gather sticks with Ms. Angelica and Ms. Sadeka.

On the way, they stopped by the Butterfly Garden for a visit. While they were there they found so many flowers and insects. But the most exciting thing they saw was a hummingbird! They watched it fly among the flowers until it flew away.

After we gathered enough sticks the Tadpoles helped carry them to the yard so that we could start making planes. Each of the Tadpoles picked at least two sticks to make their airplanes and we used yarn to tie the sticks together. One of the Tadpoles felt the ball of yarn and said that it felt like a giant caterpillar!

The Tadpoles used their planes to fly all over the yard and talked about the places they were going. Many of them took trips to the beach, mountains, or even the jungle. But they also decided that their creations were not just planes. A few of them were birds. One Tadpole said that hers was a Pteranodon!

Over the weekend more vegetables ripened in our garden. Some of the Tadpoles spent time exploring the garden with Ms. Sam. They found beans, cucumbers, and a few tomatoes. They ate a few of their discoveries, but saved most to eat them for snack later. We really enjoyed the slightly cooler weather and spent time riding the bikes and cars and cooking by the sandbox.

The Jumpers had a great time playing games and exploring Toad Mountain with the Frogs. They spent a long time playing chasing games. They took turns chasing each other around the mountain and through the tunnel. Later one of the Frogs was very excited and said that he had something he really wanted to show us. He took us to the giant puddle and showed us some frog eggs. The Jumpers were intrigued and ask the Frog class questions about the frog eggs and how they got there. The Frogs were happy to share their knowledge!

~ Tadpole Team ~

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Tadpole Tuesdays: Pupusas and Goat Fun

Some Tadpoles were very excited to help Ms. Angelica make pupusas for us to try at snack time. They tried the dough and the cheese before they started rolling it out. They were all very helpful while they were rolling and flattening the dough. It seemed as though some of them had made tortillas before, but maybe they have just had a lot of practice with playdough. We look forward to trying them at snacktime.

We spent a lot of time outside taking turns to visit the goats with Ms. Sadeka. We got to say hello to Max while he was sitting and soaking up the sunshine. We gave Henry a pat on the back while we was eating and later while he was getting a drink. We fed leaves and clover flowers to Gizmo and watch Frida use her foot to scratch an itch. It is really fun to visit each of the goats and get to see their personalities. While were in the goat yard we tried to remember the names of some of the chickens. We also looked in on some of the chickens who were sitting on nests in the chicken coop.

In the Tadpole Yard there was a lot of different dramatic play today. A few of the Tadpoles were having a picnic with Ms. Abby in the one of the little houses. Some were sitting on top of the tunnel and said that they were riding on a train. They really wanted to ride the train to the zoo. A lot of the Tadpoles spent a long time in the sand kitchen. They started a restaurant or food stand. If one of their friends or teachers was sitting close by they would ask what they wanted to eat.

At Toad Mountain the Jumpers all enjoyed trying out the new obstacle course that the Frogs made. They used the balance bean while walking between two logs, hopped across the tires and ended by crawling along the slide. They all tried going through it with the Frogs multiple times. They also helped to change it to make it more interesting each time.


The Tadpole Team

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Frog Fridays: Flurries and Fun

Happy Friday Frog Families!

A week that started with such t-shirts and shorts, ended with the return of poofy jackets and snow suits as we had many snow sightings out at the Mountain. The day included many games, old favorites like Hungry Hippo and Fire in the Forest and some new games like one Ms. Bani made using marbles as balls and cups as goals to slide them into!

One of the peeper frogs brought in a feather to show her group, and Mr. Mark let their lesson flow right from that. They looked at feathers from the chickens we have in our yard, and then they played a chicken game! The chorus frogs and Ms. Megan headed outside to play a game called, “Freeze, Freeze, Run!” When she said run they got to run all over goat alley until she called out “Freeze!” and they had to freeze on the spot. The cricket frogs meanwhile made beautiful cherry blossom trees, which is perfectly timed for the cherry blossoms that will soon be blooming. The green tree frogs role played as different community helpers as they called in the police, and firemen for different incidents.

This has been a long, but very exciting week at the Pond! As stated in an earlier email, we have two new frogs in the class! To see our class expand and to be so inclusive was very special. Almost every morning during breakfast we would talk about ways we could be helpful to the new frogs, and ways in which the frogs had already been helpful. They were very excited to report how they had taught the frogs new games, invited them to play, or showed them where certain things in the class are found. While the older frogs were excited to have an opportunity to be leaders in the classroom, the younger frogs have been very happy to welcome some of their old Tadpole friends into the class 🙂

All in all, it’s been a fun day and a very exciting week! Wishing you all a very happy (and relaxing) weekend 🙂

All the best,

Frog Teachers

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Tadpole Tuesdays: Preparing the Garden in February!

During another exciting day at the Pond, our Tadpole Classroom began preparations for the garden… unseasonably warm, but we are responding by observing and playing in the dirt.

Enjoy our photos!

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Tadpole Tuesdays: Birds and Mud

Today at the art table, the children created art with the shredded papers and glue. They spread glue and put the shredded papers on it.

In the back room, the children played tumbling on the soft mat and danced with the music. Some of them pretended wooden blocks were microphones and sang. Some of them built with the building blocks.

In the Front room, the children built roads with the waffle blocks and drove their toy cars on it. Some of them were busy cooking. We also did baby doll circle time our little friends really enjoyed it.  Baby doll circle time provides one an one time, connections, relationships, loving and caring.

Outside the children watched  the birds. We saw many cardinals and chickadees. We also saw vulture flying and imitate the vulture. Some of them ride cars and tricycles on the sidewalk and some of them had great time walking on the balance beam. They also feed the goats  and made goat call.

The Jumpers went to the Toad Mountain to play with the Frogs. They dug in the dirt pile with shovels and some of them made pretend apple pie at the table while others played a hide and seek game.


The Tadpole Team


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Frog Fridays: We Love Mud!

Hi Frog Families!

We have had a beautiful, muddy day at the Pond! This morning was spent using the giant waffle blocks to build several trucks and a motorcycle or two. Later several frogs transformed into monkeys and climbed all over one of the trees in the yard while other frogs chased each other all around as they pretended to be bears.

The Peeper frogs traveled along the Pipeline trail, with Science Sarah and Ms. Rebeca. Upon their return they reported sighting birds, a dog, and a whole bunch of mud. Many frogs were excited to announce that they had gotten stuck in the mud and needed to be rescued by one of the teachers.

The cricket frogs had a great time wrestling and dancing on the wrestling mats in the front room. As they took turns wrestling they each developed their own techniques and of course they all had some stellar dance moves to show off. Meanwhile the chorus frogs played a migration game with Ms. Bani, and they had a blast flying across the room as different animals.

The green tree frogs led a bear hunt around the classroom as they crossed rivers and meadows. Thus, the imagination and energy around the classroom was in full swing!

After lessons, Mr. Mark reports there was a bunch of fun restaurant play at Toad Mountain. Some excellent chefs quickly prepared a feast of carrot and ginger soup, and spaghetti and meatballs. As they ate their meal they discussed their pets and how they have to be sure to also feed them.

We are all looking forward to what the rest of the day holds!


The Frog Team

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