I wish Earth Day could be Every Day. Why can't it be? I declare it.
Today we went screen free for the first time in a long while. We don't watch tv but we rely on the iPad and “shows” via digital media.
We started the day with a circle time reviewing the Earth as a Sphere and reading Sofia's Dream by Land Wilson. We also explored out Earth Ball and discussed the geographic location of various animals.
A new tray for us is Montessori Math inspired: Earth Day Flag Number Board
I included a basket with enough gems to match the board and provided Montessori Math Beads for an extension.
Then we went to visit the plant nursery in our new town. We picked up a few lettuce starts, seeds and soil.
After the nursery we spent some time at a local park. My son went barefoot, at which I cringe but I don't want to stop him, and we all explored the pond and marsh nearby.
Much to our happiness and wonder, my 3.5 year old identified a polliwog. It was thrilling for all of us.
When we arrived home, we decided to get busy planting our seeds and starts.
Then I laid out a shower curtain on our back lawn, gave the boys a Terra Cotta pot and loads of paint. I let them at it, decorating (with their bodies mostly) the pot for our bird bath project inspired by Childhood 101.
The boys immediately went into the tub. I made dinner, we read books and went to sleep before 7pm. I loved so much about this day, about connecting with nature and connecting with my boys. We didn't turn on one device all day. Honestly, that part was the key ingredient. That lesson is one I'm taking with me. Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.