Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ecology {Introduction and Scope}

I started introducing little bits of Ecology to Indie this week. It's one of those subjects where learning seems to occur naturally but it's also nice to work on some nomenclature specific to this science. 

Ecology is the study of how living things interact with each other and the world around them. It's easy to talk about taking care of the earth AND scare the crap out of our kids. We do NOT want to do that! Montessori was very clear that our intent should not be to scare but to equip and empower. 

This week we talked a lot about a clean environment and a dirty environment. Our ongoing project is taking pictures!  

 Our toddler specific activity: 

We reused egg shells by spooning potting soil. The general idea is to water them and place a few seeds in for a beautiful new plant.  All our eggs ended up involved in a sensory experience and were pulverized.... so... fair warning :) 

For the next few weeks or so we will touch on these subjects:
The natural world without any impact from humans
Dirty vs Clean environments
Upcycling/Reusing Materials
Contour Farming

Ecology Manual from KHT Montessori (and corresponding cards)
ETC Montessori Ecology Scope and Sequence (for elementary, free and great!) 

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