This week, the Sprouts at wBees thought critically about what it takes for ecosystems to flourish and support life. The children discussed what role people play in protecting living organisms in their habitats. The solution was unanimous: grown ups and kids alike need to be aware of themselves and how they are contributing to our great outdoors! From playing respectfully and kindly with friends, to making sure we leave spaces outside better than we found them, the sprouts put these practices into action. It all started with a book about a garbage man named Mr. Gilly and some seed pods found by some of wBees’ very own mini explorers.
From this we had some ideas and big questions. What will this seed be? What will it need to grow? Where does it belong? What is nature? How can nature benefit people? What should we do to protect nature? The sprouts started to connect what they do indoors to how to support the outdoors by beginning to separate their trash into landfill garbage, compost, and recycling. With out trash, plants and trees can grow and animals can be safe from digesting harmful items. Nonfiction texts read about the circle of life and the food chain had kids hooting, howling, and roaring just like the animals they want to protect! Birds love the trees that grow in our beautiful green space at McGorlick Park. As do we! They give us shade to play on those super hot days. And so much entertainment and learning when we discover different insects and animals living on and inside of them. We decided that if we can keep green spaces clean more birds can thrive and even spread seeds!
The sprouts undertook a three day project of building their own tree and adding to it leaves and creating their own birds based off of what they studied together! We collected natural materials to build nests for our birds. By the end of the week everyone was working together to do the right thing by our great outdoors!