Birdwatching is a great way for us to study nature in our own backyard. We keep hearing various melodious tunes from our backyard, the trees, and on the roads lately. This time round we invite ourselves to observe, with binoculars, to discover if the birds would love to come closer to the food we provide by the back door. We are hoping by watching from behind the windows the birds will feel safe to come close to enjoy our tray bird feeders.
Observing the bird feeder with binoculars is a fantastic learning experience! While we do not spot any birds this time, it's an opportunity for us to learn about patience firsthand. Next time, we may be lucky enough to witness the lively presence of birds enjoying the feeder, enhancing our appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.
Birding is indeed not easy but is incredibly rewarding when we learn to be patient. It is also crucial for the future of our earth. If we become a generation who cares about birds, who appreciate their inner beauty and their rightful place on our planet. we may move toward being more caring and careful friends.
When the birds choose to not arrive, we wonder a lot. By exchanging our wonderings, we attempt to come up with possible scenarios. What have we not done correctly?
Margo thinks the birds may be scared of the spiders outside; therefore, they choose not to come close to our yard feeder.
Brooks thinks the birds cannot find the seeds for they cannot smell it.
Vivaan notices the wow butter (natural ingredients) does not hold the seeds.
A study has informed us if we never had a bird feeder in our yard before, birds need a little time to discover it's there (and if it's safe for them). With birds being lower in the food chain, they are more likely to be hesitant to take to a new feeder. But as they get used to seeing the feeder and the food potential in a safe environment, they will eventually warm up to it.
Learning from the birds' feelings of uncomfortable or unsafe, we learn to increase our understanding through a dramatization learning experience, in addition to asking questions. We let our shared answers help us think what should be done in certain particular situations.
Appraising risk … how does it look like in the early years? Does it even doable? Eventually, we all need to be able to appraise risk ourselves, so that we can navigate the world safely. Without those skills, we are far more likely to make rash decisions.
How should we learn it? With a growing body of research literature devoted to the psychology of risk, we may develop more understanding. Joshua Weller, a psychologist at Leeds University who specializes in risk-taking, mentions our abilities to appraise risks can be nurtured and developed through lots of different methods. Through a dramatization we may need a sophisticated approach to help us hone our decision-making and thinking-skills.
The game of red light and green light may encourage us to practice self-control and emotional regulation - since so many risks are the result of impulsivity. Practices such as mindfulness may be useful for it enables us to imagine the consequences of our actions.
In this creative learning experience, we engage with the concepts of wind and rain through hands-on exploration. Using water and paint as our media, we experiment with the effects of air movement, as one of the various forces, by dropping droplets onto watercolor paper and using a straw to blow on the colors, representing the wind. This sensory-rich activity not only allows us to observe and understand the phenomena of wind and rain but also encourages creativity and expression as we paint and interpret the patterns formed. Through this process, we develop scientific inquiry skills, fine-tune our fine motor skills, and deepen our understanding of weather phenomena in a fun and engaging way.
Margo creates the wind is breaking the road.
Fides illustrates his blowing creation as wing and dinosaur.
Lukah shares about the wind blowing the river.
Nora explains her creation as wind breaking the city.
Vivaan relates to his artwork as the rain is going to the puddle and the wind makes a puddle.
Felix mentions rainbow and wind makes a hurricane.
Blow painting with straws technique nourishes one of our many ways to deal with big emotions like worry, anger, and fear. This process of blowing the paint across the paper is a great strategy for getting us to focus on our breath instead of our worries. When we take deep breaths we help our body return to a restful state where our muscles are relaxed and our heart rate is normal.
It's wonderful that we enjoy our running practices! Outdoor learning experiences like these not only promote physical fitness but also teach valuable lessons about perseverance and sportmanship engagement. Participating in running practices help instill a sense of empathy and social responsibility in early years, fostering a well-rounded learning experience.
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