The KW crew is already thinking about nature and the possibility of trips to area parks. Even before lunch today, children were talking about Volta Park.
Prater - The shortest way is my house to Volta.
Elle - It's just a few corners to Volta from my house.
Right after lunch, we went to the front steps. We asked the children where we might find nature. Elle mentioned a secret spot in Volta Park. A few children thought their backyards were good places to encounter nature. Prater mentioned Montrose.
Kate - What is nature?
Elle - Discovering new stuff outside. It has to be outside because that's where there are bushes, squirrels, and all kinds of creatures.
Prater - Yeah, because God made all animals and people.
Elle - And people are chimpanzees. They came from chimpanzees.
As we walked, children made numerous observations, asked relevant questions, and formed theories. Here's what we talked about as we walked:
Elle - My sister smelled a really bad stink and I told her that's just nature and nature is part of the world.
A little further along, we walked past a man using a leaf blower.
Max - It smells dusty.
And then we found ACORNS!
Kate - Where do acorns come from?
Elle - An oak tree.
Prater - Ellee, I found chipmunky's food!
Vivienne - I'm finding a lot.
Kate - Do you think nature is different here than in Montrose Park?
Elle - It is, the acorns are smaller here.
Max - Acorns still work when they're in water.
Grace - I put an acorn back together.
We collected acorns and also some rocks....
Grace - (Holding a rock) This is a special one. It might be a tooth.
Along the way, we saw flowers and leaves.
Vivienne - I see nature..... leaves,
Max - Maybe when they're (the leaves) are dead, they change color.
Elle - Leaves turn brown on the bottom and the leaves fall off and the tree crumples apart.
Prater - (Holding a "spiky" leaf) Guys, do you want to talk about this leaf?
Max - How many leaves are in nature?
Jill - I don't know, what do you think?
Max - Five million.
These conversations and observations give us so much to think about. We look forward to all the discoveries that lie ahead. Enjoy the slide show and have a great weekend!
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