Guest Post is by Diana Fedora Tucci. Diana is the founder of Tinder
Forest School. She is a forest school
practitioner, naturalist, blogger, educator, and artist. She believes that interacting with nature
empowers children to explore their interests, presents new spaces and
possibilities for emergent learning, and kindles, in them, a life long love of
the natural world.
not agree more! I am delighted to give you the beginning of Diana’s recent blog
post with a link to read the rest. While you are on her site, be sure to look
around. She has lots to explore.
Shells, Rocks, and Feathers:
Using Reflective Journals to Expand Learning with Children’s Nature
By Diana Fedora Tucci
It all starts innocently enough.
You are walking along, outdoors, and you come across an interestingly
shaped rock that catches your attention or a magical plume fallen from the
breast of a bird or you uncover a wonderfully patterned shell as the tide waters
wade out into the ocean along a beach shoreline. You pick it up and then
it happens… your collection begins! You want to share your excitement
with friends and family who delight in your amazing findings. The
colours, patterns, and shapes in nature are awe inspiring to say the least.
Starting a nature collection can be a wonderful endeavour and it may
eventually make you an expert in that which you’ve chosen to collect. The
best part of a nature collection, though, is that it is one of the few things
that is all yours to learn about, explore and share. You started your
nature collection because you saw something that sparked your interest.
Nobody, not an advertisement, nor parent, or teacher told you to be
interested in it and you did not have to ask anyone to purchase it for you.
You simply stumbled across it and picked it up because you found it
interesting in some way. So, what can you do with this interesting item
in nature that you picked up?
As with every quest, we do our best to be kind to the Earth. So, let’s
begin with a fun game that puts an interesting spin on whether or not it’s a
good idea to start a nature collection in the first place. The game is
called “Top Five.”
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