'Kids can learn everything in Nature without adult instructions all the time'
It's a suny day in Atlanta, with all the flavours of nature; from beautiful green colour to the buring hues of brown sand. The nature has its own way to invite and it attracts differently to differnet individal, I believe it knows what one needs at the moment. For many, its a beauty, for others its exploraton, for few, its a curiosity -led-adventure, and for very few,its a world of discovery every moment.
Amy just arrived and wanted to play. I asked her if she was interested in outdoor play, she was overwhelmed by the idea and so we landed in our backyard.
"Wow I like to play here, is this a Sand area for kid's play ? she asked delightfully.
"Why not, we can play here, and Ithink we need few sand toys," Ireplied. I was wondering where should I get the toys as theres nothing nearby. But thats the difference between an adult (limited mindset) mind and a child's (free mindset) mind, Sara suggested ,"Oh wow, i have plastic spoons, forks, cups and few other stuff in the kitchen , i think we can use them to dig, scratch pour and all".
I was simply amazed.
I sprayed water in the Sand area so she could have some muddy experience as weather was hot and water was naturally needed. Amy started sorting out her tools, digging with spoons and forks. She was fascinated with her own movements; scratching the mud creating different shapes, tiny landscapes and amazing textures. It was wonderful to observe how these children interact with the world when no one is there to instruct. Imagination runs wild!
Im the one observing and recording everything in my long term memory.
That's true learning, regardless of where it happens.....