Have you ever watched the visible joy a child expresses and the calm demeanor he/she displays whenever involved in outdoor activities? This is because children have an innate need to connect with nature. A simple walk in the neighborhood, listening to birds sing, admiring a passing cloud in the sky, collecting rocks and those hidden treasures under them, a stroll along the seashore, spying a tiny creature along the leaves, or picking a colorful posy for someone dear – all these seem to call forth a spontaneous sense of peacefulness.
We say a child is born free. Then it’s of great importance our program give children freedom to bask in natures beauty, care for its environment, and love and respect what is theirs…the world and everything in it.
Because of this profound love a child is born with for nature, our Primary Classrooms have brought the outdoors inside, by inviting each child to take turns bringing a small bouquet of flowers to school to beautify their environment. Each child brings 3-4 flowers in on their assigned day. The child then cuts the flowers, carefully arranges each one in a small vase, and then decorates the classroom according to their preference. At the end of the week, as a special reminder of this experience, the child removes their flowers from the vases, place them in the flower press, and when the flowers are ready, they bring them home as a keepsake.
In preparation of our annual butterfly garden, we continue our nature study in the outdoor environment. The children from our Primary classrooms have been asked to bring a selection of plants including both those plants for the hosting of butterfly larva, as well as plants for the maintenance of the garden.Below is a distribution list of plants and flowers you will find in our 2012 butterfly garden.
Plants for Butterfly Maintenance – Phlox, Fire Bush, Moss Verbena, Pentas, Stokes Aster, Indian Blanket, Impatients, Alyssium, Mexican Heather, Mexican Petunia, Mexican Sage or tropical sage.
Children are given an individual lesson on planting:
- Why their plant is needed for the butterfly garden.
- Visual discrepancy- How deep does the hole need to be?
- What are roots for?
- Why we water our plants?
- Continual care- Each child is given the task of watering their individual plant each day during playground time.