Everyday nature provides us something new to explore in our outside classroom. During one of our explorations, we noticed two caterpillars. The class observed that the caterpillars were different from one another and began to inquire about the differences. Some of their thoughts and questions included:
The children came in one morning and decided they needed to “make milk.” We first asked the children what they needed to make milk. They began listing a few ingredients and things:
- “A Cow” (this shows that the children know where milk comes from)
With the children observing different bugs and insects, we have brought in plastic bugs and insects for the children to play and explore with in the classroom. The children have been particularly intrigued by the ladybugs. The children discussed how the ladybugs fly and have started observing the wings that help them fly. This lead to a broader discussion about which bugs had wings to help them fly and which ones do not. To further this topic, we laid out a large sheet of paper and separated it into two columns: “can fly” and “cannot fly,” and then explained to the children what each category meant.
We always find the children sticking their hands in the paint jars because they are so intrigued with the way paint feels on their hands. This week, we followed their lead and provided them with the sensory experience that their actions suggest they have been searching for.
The children have been caring for a tiny garden snail that they discovered in the backyard last week. The children wanted to create a home for the snail inside their classroom. They began researching and observing the snail in order to create the best home for it. They have also been checking on it daily to see whether or not it’s happy.