Nature Study

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Just near our classroom is a field that was full of beautiful long grass.  Just today it was cut down to use as hay for nearby sheep and cows!  I managed to grab some just before it was cut and offered it to the children.

Along with the grass they were offered a dish with acorns they had collected

and a dish with dome grass stalks

I also offered some circles of soft black velvet.

The children seemed to prefer to work individually and would quietly come over to the table when others were busy with something else.  They would quietly arrange the materials on a circle.  What surprised me was that every time they would then put everything away when they were done!

I have not really seen this with other activities, except for the easel sculpture.  It was fascinating that they were determining the permanence of their work.  That they were making the decision that it would be an experience for experience’s sake rather than to produce an end product.

Children are pretty amazing aren’t they!

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