On our first day of Aftercare we wandered down to the nearby Fairy Woods to explore. Almost immediately, the children spotted this female praying mantis laying eggs. The perch she chose was part of a wooden structure the children built to play in last year, so the children moved her branch to a safer location. The eggs will over winter here, and the nymph mantids will hatch in early spring. The children are excited to be able to check on (and guard) the eggs until they hatch!
“The physical exercise and emotional stretching that children enjoy in unorganized play is more varied and less time-bound than is found in organized sports. Playtime—especially unstructured, imaginative, exploratory play—is increasingly recognized as an essential component of wholesome child development.”
Mountain Sage Community School
2310 East Prospect Rd. Ste. A
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80525
Office Manager, Arpad Lazar
Enrollment Coordinator, Abby Keeler
School Director, Liv Helmericks
Mountain Sage Community School is a K-8 tuition free, charter public school inspired by Waldorf education and sustainable living.
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