Today we went on a ”nature” hunt in the back garden. Turt just loves being outside, we go to the park all the time. But we very rarely venture out into the garden because well, that’s Coco’s territory. He was barking at us the WHOLE time we were out there; I think he hides food in the back garden so he gets all territorial (LOL).
But anyway, Turt grabbed her bucket and begun to fill it with leaves, stones, rocks, weeds and sticks. We couldn’t really find any ”wild life” so to speak, so next time I think we’ll go to the park and do it better and Turt can play with insects. Never the less, Turt still had fun and cried when I popped inside to get a drink as she thought it was time to go inside. So we ended up staying out there for two whole hours. It wasn’t freezing but it wasn’t warm either. LOL
Turt plucked weeds for mama and examined each one before placing them in her yellow bucket.
As long as Turt enjoyed it. She was getting really involved, sticking her hands in the mud, putting everything she could find in her bucket, putting them in, emptying her bucket and putting them back in again. As she showed me each item, I named it to her, she clapped and placed it in the bucket.
I think it’s important for every child to have a strong connection with nature and so did Maria Montessori:
”if for the physical life it is necessary to have the child exposed to the vivifying forces of nature, it is also necessary for his psychical life to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of living nature. The method for arriving at this end is to set the child at agricultural labour, guiding him to the cultivation of plants and animals, and so to the intelligent contemplation of nature.”
I just love Sundays.
Indeed “Place the soul of the child in contact with creation”.