throwing small thoughts out and watching the ripples
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Great Outdoor Challenge - April 14, 2010
Today was magical. Our after school adventure was to take a little hike at one of the local historical sites. Marcus was so enthusiastic about the idea of following a trail in the woods. And when he saw that there was a pond, a few streams, bridges of various sizes, insects, fish, birds, and flowers of all sorts, he was ecstatic. At one point we were walking along quietly and he whispered: "It's so silent. I like it." He was very taken by the stillness. We could hear a bee droning - which he pointed out to me was a wood bee. And we could hear a distant towhee, I think.
We came to a tiny stream where he was able to get down to the water level and examine it closely. There was a single trillium blooming on the bank - a real treasure.
When it was time to go and we were walking back, I encouraged him to be the leader so he could practice his pathfinding skills. At one point he seemed overcome by joy and came back to me,hugged me around my legs and declared "I love you, Nana!"
You can read about other participants' experiences by going to 5 Orange Potatoes. Creating opportunities for children to explore the natural world is a priceless gift - we all benefit.