We did a lot of jumping around this week as we made up a new game and traveled like the grasshopper. Nature has an endless supply of lessons and things to share with us at Pebble Pond Preschool. The children found a grasshopper in the yard and asked to learn about it for this week's topic. After catching it, they went into our outdoor classroom and grabbed the observation tube and magnifying glass to get a closer look. After everyone had a chance to gently hold the tube, we let it go back into the wild.
On the first school day in December, the children made a few exciting discoveries in our small schoolyard. I am always amazed at the new things the students find. When I think of them and their constant discoveries in this small space I am reminded of a quote by Marcel Proust, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." It started with one of our new students finding a small snail shell in a tire on Monday. He was super excited and showed everyone in the school. Seeing the excitement on their faces, we asked if they wanted to make the snail their nature topic of the week and they all yelled, "Yes!" We found several more later on in the week and even found one that was out and crawling. The kids screamed with excitement when they saw its eyes pop out and loved the feeling of it crawling on their hands.