Since farm week was such a hit I thought we would stay outdoors for school just a bit longer and tackle a nature theme. I’ve read a lot of child rearing material regarding the importance of spending time in nature and connecting an ecological identity to the child (especially in today’s tech driven society). Taegan came to appreciate a variety of backyard wonders through this theme. We counted stones along our riverbank, cut grass to practice our scissor skills, looked for pictures in the clouds and traded stories about the things we saw, made mud pies, and picked a lot of flowers. I also bought a bag of corn and we put out bowls for the deer that share our neighborhood. Taegan enjoyed helping me come up with names for them all and she was thrilled when the food "disappeared" overnight and she could refill the bowls all by herself each morning. She had to select a new and perfect place each day for the deer to eat. I tried to explain the "nocturnal" concept to her and she requested we too stay up all night so we could watch them eat the corn. That did not happen but it was amazingly easy to come up with ways like this to blend traditional learning to the outdoors. For instance, to work on learning letters we simply hiked around looking for items I could point out that began with a particular letter. A…acorn, B…bush, C….creek etc We read a lot of books under the shade of a tree and painted rocks to act out the “Five Speckled Frogs” song. By the end of the week T could sing and count the whole rhyme without any assistance, I was so proud!
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Jessica and Ana
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