Thursday, June 16, 2011
The Adventurous Child Staff
Thursday, April 28, 2011
“If children do not have time to explore and fully understand nature, they are at risk of developing what is known as biophobia or an aversion to nature.”
We see this in children that do not grow up playing outdoors with a chance to get dirty. Their first reaction is to fear the natural element, like a bug. Once their fear has passed, they kill it. If we can expose our children to the outdoors when they are young, they will be comfortable with the elements and be able to help preserve them.
One way to get a child comfortable is to teach them about worms, smushy and harmless yet extremely interesting! For a hands on session, you can let the children touch a worm to feel the silkiness of its skin along with the rise of its ridges. To help children desire to preserve these creatures, teach them about all of the benefits that worms bring to nature as Earth’s helpers:
· They enrich the soil by digesting and re-depositing everything they eat as they travel along,
· and They are natural plows. As worms twist and turn they push aside loose soil there by creating tunnels. Rainwater will trickle down and fill the tunnels allowing roots to drink the water.
Look for our next entry for an activity that will allow children to observe worms at work!
Friday, March 19, 2010
The children will enjoy digging in the dirt, planting seeds, watering, weeding and documenting and observing the growing process. With so much labor invested in the process they will certainly be curious to harvest, clean and sample the "fruits of their labors". Children will learn that fresh is good -- fun and tasty. Preschool children can learn the merits of eating food plucked from mother earth instead of a box, wrapper or deep fryer.
To start your garden, find a patch of soil in a sunny location protected from run away balls, riding toys and running feet - raised gardens work best. Make your own or check out The Adventurous Child Pizza Garden and The Adventurous Child Root Garden.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
1. Dancing, twisting, marching and jumping to the music.
2. Strengthening hand muscles to grasp the drum mallet.
3. Using the large shoulder and arm muscles to
strike the drum.
4. Integrating body movement with senses--
touch, hearing, kinesthesia, and the vestibular
5. Increasing eye-hand coordination.6. Developing body awareness and spatial awareness.
7. Learning that physical activity is fun and feels good.
8. Demonstrating sound discrimination.
9. Developing skills through repetitive practice.
10. Improving body control.
11. Increasing the physical activity level by adding singing to the beating drum and dancing feet.
12. Creating the partnership of physical activity and emotional well-being.
Physical education focuses on all activities and experiences that support and encourage gross and fine motor development as well as sensory integration.
To learn how the Large Drum Set is aligned with other Early Learning Standards visit http://www.adventurouschild.com/drums.php
In addition to the Large Drum Set, The Adventurous Child designs and manufactures other musical instruments for the outdoors. To learn more take a look at the Chime Panel http://www.adventurouschild.com/chime-panel.php and the Xylophone http://www.adventurouschild.com/xylophone.php.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The young scientist can experiment with different objects to determine which objects float and which objects sink in the water table. The children can make a game of predicting if they think an object will sink or float and then document their findings. The children can create drawings, charts or graphs to share with their fellow scientists.
When you mix water play and the outdoors, children gain a natural sense of the forces of nature by watching the effects of blowing wind on the water or increase in water temperature as the sun warms the water.
During mild weather, put ice cubes in the water table and allow the children to observe the change in physical properties from a solid to liquid. Try this on a sunny day, and then on a cloudy day, record how long it takes to melt. Is there a difference? Why? During the winter, fill the table with snow, what happens? Why?
Another experiment is to make predictions of what will happen when different substances (salt, sugar, flour, etc.) are mixed into the water. Like all good scientific exploration--predict, observe, discuss, and document.
Understanding the physical environment and communication of observations and discoveries are important elements of the science content areas of the states' Early Learning Standards. Take the Early Learning Standards outdoors with The Adventurous Child's Water Table and many other outdoor play products. http://www.adventurouschild.com/products.php