During a spring walk, children noticed a ragged scarecrow, flagging gently in a garden from the previous year. “What’s that?” a toddler asks, as she points. A preschool child answers “that’s a straw man, he’s not real; he keeps the garden safe from big hungry birds.”
Through observations, listening, relationships with children, their families and their community, documentation and reflection, early childhood educators follow children’s lead and support their new interests and learning.
As we plant our garden, we will learn numeracy and literacy concepts as we measure and chart plant growth; record observations in our log books; visit our resource centres; measure water catchers, plan for and maintain our bird feeders; explore new books; use our imaginations as we dress up in our gardening clothes; learn how to use our gardening tools; learn about healthy choices through the Canada Food Guide; explore science tables, sensory bins, and garden art; observe glass-fronted ant farms; water and weed our garden; use bins for recyclables and composting; explore photography; document through art and words our planting, and so much more…
All of these possibilities started from a recent walk in our community…oh, the fun we will have as we explore and learn together through play so many new ideas and concepts!
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By Karen Lindsay, East Coast Kids Child Care and Learning Centre