The topic of “being green” is a popular one in our home. We’ve done Earth Day play dates and a variety of Earth Day activities. I fell in love with Rana DiOrio’s What Does It Mean to Be Green? many months ago. In fact I love Little Pickle Press’ whole line of offerings. The books really speak to children. Young children, too, understand the BIG, more complex topics with which most of us adults have trouble (like “What Does It Mean to Be Present? Can anyone relate?).
So I was particularly excited to learn the theme of Memetales Readathon Week 5 was all about loving the earth. This favorite book of mine is FREE along with many others on the Memetales website. So, go take a look and get inspired to have some good green fun.
We do many earth and nature themed activities. Everything from hiking to creating nature scapes with our camping stickers. This one is pretty simple, though. We went outside and took a walk. We used our hands, our eyes and our noses to explore the plants, the sky and the air. My work recently within my Montessori program is on Sensorial learning. I continue to be in awe of the profound impact the senses have on a child’s development. Intellect is formed THROUGH the senses. So, as parents and educators, we can assist in this journey.
As we strolled along taking in the neighborhood, I minimized my talking. We adults talk too much, at least I do. It seems that by isolating a specific quality of an object or an image will help our children learn better.
Here are a few images from our nature walk. We focused on “Tactile” learning.
A few tips:
- Keep the language pretty simple with young children. You’ll be tempted to use many adjectives to describe an object or a feeling as you stroll but keep it simple. ‘Rough’, ‘Smooth’, ‘Dry’, ‘Wet’, ‘Prickly’, ‘Soft’, ‘Hard’, etc.
- Isolate the quality. Close your eyes and have your child close his eyes and then feel. Ask him to describe it. Introduce the feel to him. Show him what “rough” looks like.
- Ask the child if he would like to touch the plant, the bark, the grass, etc.
You can do this exercise with any of the senses. We did a Color Hunt a few months back at the start of the spring.
Thank you for choosing to read this post. Don’t forget to visit Memetales for FREE ebooks and a chance to be a part of an AMAZING summer reading program that has already provided over 5,500 meals to children in need. Every child that joins the readathon equals a meal donated to a hungry child. Not to mention almost 60,000 books have been read by children. Goose bump worthy! An amazing effort.
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