Saturday, May 21, 2011
Teaching Children to Care for Their Earth
One of our teachers observed a two-year-old child caring for "her" playground last week. We have used 10" cuts of branches (vertically planted) to edge the walkways. The branches, lovingly cut by a parent, are dug down into the earth and have held up amazingly well. But last week, "Stella" noticed one of the edging branches had been kicked out of place.
Without a word to a teacher, Stella dug up the earth creating a hole for the branch to be replaced. She, indeed replaced it and immediately fetched a cup. Heading to her water source (the drinking fountain) she diligently delivered several cups of water to the soil and patted 'her branch' into place.
Ahhhhh. Sometimes you just know you have made a difference!