Review: Explore Spring! is one title in a seasonal series with projects, activities, and experiments written for kids. Its comic-book format offers entry points on many levels. Facts, questions, and explanations pepper each page, accompanied by upbeat, goofy illustrations by Alexis Frederick-Frost. Trivia, jokes, and riddles are also included in these guides for six- to nine-year-olds. Sprouting seeds, fledging birds, and lengthening days are featured. Why do we have seasons? How do eggs turn into frogs? How do plants grow? Lots of fun activities are included. This would be a good resource for teachers to accompany other more thorough resources for springtime phenomena.
We were thrilled! For twenty-five years the students at The Neighborhood Schoolhouse in Brattleboro, Vermont, had been hiking, snowshoeing, camping, tracking, playing, and learning behind our school in the many acres of forest owned by a separate non-profit organization. Finally, a local cartographer was going to map "our" woods. Having a pictorial representation of all those best-loved places to take inside with us sounded great!
When the classroom extends to the outdoors, students' engagement and understandings are maximized. There are multiple opportunities for the children to make important conceptual connections. These understandings are evidenced across the disciplines, through the application and practice of both student knowledge and skills; for example, outdoor observations are guided by our senses.