Ponding!Posted by Faith Barbuto
Here is a question to ponder, have you ever ponded? Yes, ponding is a verb, and on a lovely, sunny, April day, our kindergarten class set off to the Audubon to do just that. First, we gathered round some picnic tables to see up close some examples of pond creatures that we might not uncover on our own. After a brief instruction, we were armed with nets to head to the pond and scoop. In class, we had been studying the pond ecosystem and this was our chance to experience it in action. We found nymphs, snails, scads of eggs, tadpoles and even a newt! The rest of time was spent meandering through the pristine Audubon trails and observing many pond plants and animals. Students also got to see some marsh and wetland habitats, you have never seen such excitement over a wetland! Although this trip is an annual kindergarten tradition, I am never less than amazed by the interesting things we find. This year, the pond was literally teeming with newts!
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