A Birches student found a garter snake in his garden, cared for him (her?) overnight in a terrarium, and brought him in to morning meeting. We had a chance to touch the snake (very gently, of course), and then we put him on a piece of white paper and talked about garter snakes. We hypothesized about the age of the snake, what he might eat, and what habitat might be congenial for him when we returned him to nature. During morning outside time we released the snake in a nearby field where he slithered away quietly. During discussions like this we learn to voice our thoughts and questions and also to listen carefully to the ideas of others, as you can see here.