Ms. Pat's Nature Club

Ms. Pat's Nature Club is a blog for anyone who is a nature nut and loves nature, no matter what age you are. I hope you will let me know what you think and give me feedback. I love to hear from my friends!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
-Albert Einstein

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
-Frank Lloyd Wright

"Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children"

-Native American proverb

"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives."

-Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
-Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder

Monday, April 9, 2012

Nature Club, April 3rd and 4th

This past week in Nature Club, I showed the children my favorite nature video, Bugs Don't Bug Us. With soft music playing, it simply shows young children interacting with a number of invertebrates. These included worms, ladybugs, grasshoppers, snails,butterflies,daddy longlegs, and beetles. Kids watched, but did not touch bumblebees and honeybees (but they tasted honey!) My purpose in showing this was to get the preschoolers and kindergarteners ready for a warm season in Minnesota with plenty of creepy crawlies. I wanted them to see how interesting those animals were, and understand that they didn't need to scream and run away, or stomp on them. They could look at them and learn about them! The kids really enjoyed this little DVD,so I think they learned the lesson and look forward to checking out some bugs.

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