Fresh Air ~ Fresh Eyes
Children love the outdoors and take every opportunity to explore the world around them. Before we go on our walk I ask the children what they think they will see and write their responses on chart paper.
|Example of questions I might ask|
There are different types of nature walks:
1. Observational Walk 2. Investigational Walk 3. Collection Walk 4. Documentation Walk
- Observational Walk: A walk were the children ONLY look at their surroundings.
- Investigational Walk: A walk were the children use tools (magnifying glasses, binocular, etc.), and their senses to learn more about the environment.
- Collection Walk: A walk were the children collect natural materials (acorns, sticks, rocks, leaves, etc) to bring back to the classroom.
- Documentation Walk: A walk were the children record / document their surroundings using pen and paper, camera, or video.
Classifying / Sorting Items Collected
The students enjoy seeing the items that their friends collected. They look at each item and decide how they are going to classify / sort them. Categories used in the past are: color, shape, texture, size, like / don't like, living / non-living
Once sorted, the items are ready to be placed in beautiful inviting baskets to be placed around the room.
- Science Area: A common place to to add the natural materials for further investigation.
- Art Area: To be used for collages, 3D art, leaf / stick people, stick / leaf painting, etc
- Construction Area: Adding rocks, sticks, leaves, etc. as provocation for building
- Sensory Area: crumbling leaves, seeds, acorns & pinecones, etc.
- Math Area: use items for counting sets, child made number line using found items
- Dramatic Play: child made flower crowns and jewelry, berries for cooking, etc
A good reference book that I use is
Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials
By Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandin