Just over the course of the last week the boys have made the discovery of lifting stumps and rocks to find the life that lives underneath. It was a spontaneous discovery and given us an opportunity to grow even closer to our outdoor environment.
We talk about things that are alive vs. non alive.
We watch the insects and creatures we discover move. Even tell stories about where they might be going. "To the train station!" explains GW
We talk about their homes, habitats and eating.
We talk about how to respect these creatures by creating homes where we can observe them respectfully.
"Look! When we were really calm and quiet it felt safe! I see eye stalks coming out of it's body. I wonder what it's thinking?"
We practice safe ways of touching what we find. Often bowls and handfuls of slugs and worms are carried around and incorporated into play.
They also now become a part of imaginary play. Today at lunch we had some buckwheat noodles and the second we sat down T said, "Eat worms?" Then we all laughed. For the rest of lunch everyone talked about eating "yummy worms" and later the cubes of roasted tofu became "bugs."
Our indoor and outdoor environments blend totally at Tumbleweed. I like to think it is because when we are in either space following the child's interest, taking it to the next level through scaffolding and offering a never ending supply of opportunity is our primary goal. When I see a stump tipped over, I am just as excited to see what is underneath as the boys are. This hands on learning is a life skill that we find joy in refining and practicing.