Our young minds are often filled with wonder and amazement at the natural world around us. This innate curiosity makes raising butterflies a real life learning experience for us. Every few days, we observe and converse about what we see. We encourage ourselves to use new vocabulary words like "chrysalis" and "metamorphosis".
We draw pictures or print letters to record our observations. Providing opportunities to read, write, and converse about the changes we observe will make our learning experiences more meaningful. On a release day, we make sure we are in a warm, sunny spot, protected from the wind.
The learning experiences enable us to learn about being careful with the whole process of metamorphosis. However, an unfortunate situation brings us to encounter the loss of one butterfly. We learn how to talk about it by sharing our feelings. Afterward, we represent our feelings onto tangible forms. We choose to bury it into the ground and place some plants on top.
Making connection between our previous shared interests on 'the life under the drain' and an invitation by the city to participate in a "Storm Drain Challenge", we listen to an inspiring storybook.
This storybook is inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America. We Are Water Protectors. It unpacks an urgent issue to safeguard the Earth's water from harm - a lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstorm and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.
We will be commencing our official participation some time next week when the weeks are getting sunnier until August 15. The challenge engages our sense of community in a fun and friendly initiative to build our shared understanding that our fish and streams are directly impacted by pollutants that go into storm drains.
This storm drain challenge may push us to go to the next level. It is raising our awareness of our proactive and collective roles in making connections between being active citizens and social responsibility.
In line with the practice of British Columbia Early Learning Framework we think about:
Our learning experiences in our early years have implication for our whole lives, and also for the planet as a whole. We benefit from opportunities to build relationships, and to recognize the connection between our actions and the wider world.
Our various learning experiences empower the building-up of our ethical foundation for social and environmental health, and well-being, now and in the future.
Extending our collaborative efforts in learning together to experiencing firsthand we discover ourselves as explorers.
Through our journeys we usually involve our heightened state of awareness with sensory, emotional intensity and shifts in perceptions. A sense of connection may be perceived, felt, or intuited with the non-human "other" (e.g. plant, animal, landscape),
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