Our focus of inquiry-based learning is on our own questions, observations and interpretations of the world around us. Being naturally curious. we view opportunities to wonder aloud about the trees, the sky, the stars. Felix's curiosity sparks Margo's interest to wonder and look closer on cracked lines on the road.
Why are there cracks on the road? is one of our many ways to ask questions and spark our thought process about what we are experiencing. By asking intentional questions, we stretch our minds and reasoning abilities, and encourage our creativity and independence.
Felix shares his thought that cracks are caused by the earthquake. Fides includes storm, can be part of the natural phenomena, causing cracks in the asphalt concrete.
Lindholm (2018) describes wonder as a silent experience of something that triggers the senses and is ignited by perception rather than reflection. Fides, projects his interest onto structuring a three-dimensional KEVA planks as a road.
Once he completes the structure, he further tests it. A few effortful attempts to work with the structure are indeed challenging to avoid cracks. Fides and Felix are observed to make connections between pre-existing knowledge and the current experience of assessing the right pressure.
We naturally are curious to notice some birds are back when we are outdoors to embrace the sunshine. The more we learn about the birds, the more birds we will notice.
We like to ask ourselves about what does the bird try to tell us? when we hear the chirps or tweets. Lukah and Margo come up with a clear and distinct pitch of tweet, tweet.
Fun vocal play with different bird sounds can open up the world of birds. Watching real birds, or using real photographs of birds, and talking about them in detail during the vocal play helps us to make connections cognitively.
Fides sounds dee dee as he may have noticed how a chickadee uses songs or calls to share messages with each other throughout the day. Emily tunes in to the sound of beep beep as the sounds of feathered friends.
Looking up to search for more birds is one of our many ways to activate our senses and help us develop focus and observation skills.
Yay! We spot on an eagle who is flying high up in the lovely blue sky. What a magnificent moment to experience!
Emily and Fides pause to look down to pay attention to the little collections of of clear powdery crystal covering the grass. This learning experience provides us an opportunity to explore the relationships between (colder) temperature and change of forms (liquid dew to crystallized frost).
An interesting thought about Elsa must have been here ignites our imaginary minds to wonder and continue with our curiosity. Together, we note how our wonderings and curiosity brings us to become scientists, explorers, engineers, artists, and storytellers of our world.
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