January 13, 2018

“What was that sound?” 

Fernybunch hoped no one would notice, but because preschoolers have hawk eyes and rabbit ears, it did not go unnoticed.

“My pants ripped", Ms. Fernybunch mumbled.

“That’s funny,” as giggles rang all around.

It was easy to amuse children ages 3-6 ....

November 29, 2017

The Christmas season had arrived and the children were ablaze with excitement.  The teachers had pulled the holiday tubs out and set items here and there for all to enjoy.  The walls had been stripped bare to make way for drawings and paintings, inspired by the joyous...

June 19, 2017

Here it was at last, a teachers magic moment.  Connections were rapidly being made, impressions that would last a lifetime. Doors of learning were swinging wide open and Ms. Fernybunch anticipated the fulfillment of one of her goals for the day. 

The country school...

June 5, 2017

Ms. Fernybunch carries a basket on her rambles around the countryside.   Inside dwell permanent contents - a small pair of binoculars, notebook, pencil, a few field guides for identifying, and several jars and bags for collecting.

As she rambles, she collects.  A bit of...

May 19, 2017

The wonderful thing about being a teacher is everything you encounter can become an object lesson.  The dangerous thing about being a teacher is that everything you encounter can become an object lesson. Great care must be taken to shield the children from the enthusia...

May 13, 2017

What is a nature table?  In it’s simplicity, its a place to put things found outside.  It’s a surface dedicated to any natural item that peaks the interest of a child or yourself.  By dedicating a spot for these treasures, it says... you are valuable, you are important...

May 13, 2017

Even though it weighs as much as a small baby, The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock is Ms. Fernybunch's go to guide for all things nature.  She loves the blend of imaginative stories and description Mrs. Comstock includes to bring objects of nature to...

May 11, 2017

Ms. Fernybunch stepped out of the small classroom to survey the spring loveliness. The colors almost glowed with life and the smells caused Fernybunch to pause, close her eyes and drink it all in. Ah, the country…  Wendell quickly approached her feet hoping for a lefto...

May 5, 2017

Curiosity Crew

Ms. Fernybunch relies on a handful of parents to provide her with new specimens to study.  She calls these parents the Curiosity Crew.  They are the ones that never quite shed the youthful skin of curiosity.  There are risks involved with being curious,th...

April 20, 2017

Down a country road and up a hill, Ms. Fernybunch keeps a little school. The natural world offers the largest classroom of this little school and the materials for the children’s play are often not things found in a catalogue, but are seasonal gifts such as acorns, sti...

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