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We need more sticks and grass!

Posted by: Rhonda March 4, 2014

"I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."  Albert Einstein

Mia loved worms.  Three minutes in the garden and she could be found crouched over in the dirt, an intent look on her face and a rapidly growing collection of squiggling worms in the muddied pink cup at her side. 

She also loved spinach.  Not on her plate at lunch though, mind you.  Multiple times I caught her on all fours with her face in the spinach bed crunching greens like a rabbit.  For an example of a child absorbed in nature, this four-year-old was hard to beat. 

The natural world provides sensory discoveries that require no direct teacher planning.  They do, though, require the teacher to provide opportunities for the child to experience nature.   For those who find it increasingly hard to keep exploration of the outdoors in the school day, this article by Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, experienced teacher and play advocate, will be a great encouragement. Read the article: We need more sticks and grass! We need more beauty!