SOLC 7/31 -I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community for Day Seven of Thirty-One of the Slice of Life Challenge in March. Thank you, Stacey, Beth, Deb, Betsy, Lanny, Kathleen, Lisa, and Melanie.
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."Rachel Carson
When I taught, and at my school, one of the priorities of our curriculum was to get the students outside. I wrote about this last Wednesday when I shared the book Grand Canyon. It could be for an hour of reading, writing, or observation with our journals. It could be a day trip to the many wonders in the city or surrounding country or mountains, or it could be an overnight adventure into the wilderness. When Richard Louv's books were published (like Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder), all the staff celebrated. He wrote about what we've been living all along. Take the child OUTSIDE!
I don't have a class anymore, but I do have grandchildren! And I do get them outside. Lately, I've had Ingrid, seven, for all Friday afternoon because her school is out at one on Fridays.
This latest very warm weather meant we headed to a nearby park with a pond and a stream. I walk there myself often, but this time, because of a little girl's wonder, we explored even more than I usually do. We looked under rocks, we explored what was possible when trying to walk across the stream on those rocks, and we watched the ducks and geese.
I always take a bag with me to collect trash and we did that too, and one piece of trash was so, so interesting. I didn't take a picture. Sorry. We found a Starbucks bottle cap, picked it up, looked like it was full of dirt so I leaned down to wash it off. The dirt wiggled! As far as my research went, I think they were baby leeches, hatched and ready to cling and grow or to be a meal for something. This early in the season we didn't spot any fish, but had fun in the cattails, seeing the hidden "flat" spots where we imagined some animals slept at night.
Pictures tell some of the tale. It was great fun exploring, being OUTSIDE!
|The other end of the stream that flows into the pond.|
|Ingrid walking over the stones put there to cross.|
|Watching what might be in the water.|
|Traipsing through the cattails.|
|Cutting one cattail to take home to show the family.|