Students enjoyed the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Fist, they explored the wonders of nature through a guided walk! They discovered plants, insects, birds and animals, and investigated topics such as seasonal variation, migration, adaptation and hibernation.
During this field study, students were able to experience the wonders of the natural world. When a child is out in nature, all the senses get activated. They are immersed in something bigger than themselves, rather than focusing narrowly on one thing, such as a computer screen. Students are seeing, hearing, and touching. Out in nature, a child's brain has the chance to rejuvenate, so the next time he has to focus and pay attention, perhaps he or she will do better. Research suggests that a connection to nature is biologically innate; as humans, we have an affinity for the natural world. Problems associated with alienation from nature include familiar maladies: depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Kids who have direct access to nature are better learners. Exposure to nature has been shown to reduce stress and increase attention spans.
Following the nature walk, students learned all about seeds. Plants can’t travel, but their seeds can! During the program, students joined Mr. Seed as he explored the amazing journey of tree, plant and flower seeds. Students learned about the ingenious ways plants reproduce and participate in hands-on activities involving real seeds. When they returned to school, they represented the various ways seeds travel in their creative journals. Plants may not be able to move from place to place, but seeds can.
Ask your child: How Do Seeds Travel?
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.