heading out on a rainy day
to explore, discover things, and learn
in the much larger classroom of the universe.
“the universe is a great university.”
kinder in their natural habitat capturing the ever-elusive giant stick
“live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink,
taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the Earth.”
-henry david thoreau
it took a while and a team of busy gatherers
but the kinder were happy to announce
they had collected and lined up
and that equals 1 museum.
“as with other phases of nature, I have probably loved the rocks more than I have studied them.’
love seeing my granddaughters
riding while filled with a gentle spirit and mutual trust
love all the other grandies coming out
to see what they have been working on
love that they each have different things they love to do
karate, basketball, writing, swimming, cooking, reading, fantasy games,
swimming, horseback riding, drawing, helping people, flying, exploring,
floating, small business building, playing, celebrating
yet they all have the same tender spot for animals
while living life and learning.
“from horses we may learn not only about the horse itself
but also about animals in general,
indeed about ourselves and about life as a whole.”
“what does our word say?!!”
(two kinder working together in my multi-age classroom, one older, one younger)
“learning is creation, not consumption.
knowledge is not something a learner absorbs,
but something a learner creates.”
b tells me these are the ‘options’
for ordering from his coffee/hot cocoa shop
i can certainly appreciate that he has organized it so beautifully.
now that they’re all laid out
it will be much easier to choose.
“it’s easy to make good decisions when there are no bad options.”
kinder frame the natural beauty found around them
“if you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
-laura ingalls wilder
always a good idea to look at things a bit closer
before drawing conclusions
you might learn a lot more
“the only people who see the whole picture, he murmured, are the ones who step out of the frame.”
artist credit: scott johnston
a fine and special treat shared
as we begin our adventure together
homemade foraged ice cream
“to see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower –
hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.’
*Jean Piaget (1896-1980) in his office.
Shout out to all those who didn’t tidy their office before the start of the school year.
“simple solutions seldom are. it takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”
-alfred north whitehead
*Piaget’s (1936) theory of cognitive development explains how a child constructs a mental model of the world. He disagreed with the idea that intelligence was a fixed trait, and regarded cognitive development as a process which occurs due to biological maturation and interaction with the environment.
credit: modern language association