Wednesday morning Ms. Emiko and I set-up the garden with sensory bins. As I observed them working it was clear on their faces that they truly enjoyed being outside working with their hands. Getting dirty, wet, and messy.
They did not complain at all about the heat. Actually, it wasn’t so bad, we did put ice out there and it kept them cool. One of the sensory bins had sand with ice in it. They also had a chunk of ice to hammer. Also keeping them cool was a bin with water to fish out tiny objects with nets.
They are learning through their senses and loving it! It’s hot out and sunny. Why not stimulate the senses with nature? Every time I read about early childhood they stress getting children outside. Maria Montessori even wanted nap time to be outside. She wanted to have hammocks hung on trees for them to sleep in.
In the school, I worked at in the past. The extended day program was outside in a huge playground with lots of trees to climb, dirt to dig in, and lots of bugs! The children would get creative.
Living in Miami they were used to the heat. You wouldn’t believe what these children would do. They would build huts using fronds that would fall off the palm trees. It would keep them cool.
These children were very creative with nature. They were learning how to make shelters. They would also build tiny villages with sticks, rocks, leaves, anything they would find, even bugs. Lots of bugs!
They would climb the trees and just lay their and converse. These nature lovers were successful academic students. The ones I have kept in touch with have graduated college.
There was one student who, out of all her peers had the most creative ideas with nature. She loved to color and create. She would build the most creative villages with nature. She became an art teacher and helps out at the school with her mother, a Montessori teacher.
Allow your children to experience all kinds of weather and conditions. Allow them to fall! Don’t jump up and rescue them. Wait to see what they do. Allow them to learn that in life they may fall, but they will always get back up again.