"How do you catch a glimpse of the fastest creature on earth? Go online! Raptors in the City is a real-time, inquiry-based environmental education and technology program starring the peregrine falcon, a once endangered species that has…"
"It has been some time since I last wrote in. As I was reading all the interesting discussions I can see that many are trying to get the children connected to nature. We have been having a great time too. The Autumn was full of…"
"It seems that teachers are always seeking ideas for getting kids outside in the winter - to engage with nature in any way they can. Sometimes the way to do it is to get them outside for an activity that would normally be done…"
"I guess I forgot about this sight. I just got a not from Happiness so I had to read it and found myself here. Glad to be back. We have been working on summer activties for the children they found a toad on the play yard so we began a study on frogs…"
"Ellen, I love the idea of a "stick to the window" birdhouse, but I don't understand how to do it. If you could post a picture or explicit directions I would like to try it. Sadly, I'm not very craft oriented and need all the help…"
"Ellen I like your idea about a stick to the window bird house. We will have to try this. We just finished painting our wall that faces our back door with metal paint. I painted a tree with just limbs, and roots. Our goal is for the children to place…"
"How about "stick to the window" bird feeders? One year we made our own stick to the window bird house out of old milk jugs. I had the children gather all kinds of wild things from outside (moss, pine, feathers, etc...) Then, we cut and…"
I love writing, so journals have always been a part of my lessons. Now, we'll start bringing them outside with us. I'm thinking of turing a preposition lesson into a walk - going around, over, through, etc. - Thanks for the…"
"Thanks, Nancy. I've been thinking of putting up bird feeders. I get a little resistance from some at school who say the kids in the neighborhood will just knock them down. I guess that might happen, but it's worth a try. The descriptive…"
"Hi Laura, The children will love bird watching. We placed several bird feeders outside our back door. Using different seed in each. The children were watching every day to see who would come. We took pictures of the birds and gave them names. Then…"
Don't forget to have your children write about what they see in nature...perhaps a journal, using the language and grammar lessons you are working on. They can even practice math counting birds, and draw something cool in nature,…"
I have been excited about getting children back to nature for the past 5 years. Our school is the only school with a natural play yard in the Ohio area. We would love to share ideas with others that have the same desire to help children connect with nature.
Hi Nancy! Hearty welcome to C&NN. Your school sounds fabulous. I love that you've jumped into different groups and discussions here and have already fostered some great conversation. I hope this grows into a place of continued resources and camaraderie. I look forward to reading more of your posts and learning more about your activities in nature.