Today the nature small group invited the photography small group on a walk to one of their favorite places: The Forest.
The Forest is a small wooded area on campus, just a short walk from the CDLL. In The Forest, children play in forts they have built, frolic in the snow, and just enjoy being out in nature. The nature small group wanted to invite the photography small group along so they could see the forest and get some ideas of photos they may want to take once it gets warmer outside.
Just before leaving the CDLL, the children gathered together to talk about the walk they were about to embark on. Ms. Weller asked if the photography group had any questions for the nature group, and Au'Maria' asked what kind of nature things there were in The Forest. Ms. Weller then asked the nature group if they wanted to tell the photography group what kinds of things they do in The Forest. The children erupted with different comments.
"We build stuff, what we want to make!"
"We find sticks!"
The children set out on their walk, and after 10 minutes or so, they finally arrived at The Forest. The children in the nature group immediately began their normal play for that setting, while the children in the photography group walk around, exploring and getting a feel for this new space.
Some of the children in the nature group started showing around the children from the photography group.
"Look at our fort!" exclaimed Sophie.
Isaiah looked around while he was in The Forest and said, "We're lost!"
Then the group migrated to a snow hill, where they climbed and jumped and slid until it was time to walk back to the school. Overall it was a good time had by all, and a great end to the week.
Enjoy your spring break!
Teaching Strategies Objectives for Development and Learning
Social Studies #31: Explores change related to familiar people or places