Monday, November 2, 2009
November Colors : 2
I only spent about two minutes looking at this little garden area. In that small amount of time, I saw bees, two anoles, and the butterfly. I'm sure that this was the tip of the iceberg. The growth in the lantana and butterfly bushes is thick.
I'm reading a book called No Child Left Indoors: Creating a Field Guide to Your Schoolyard by Jane Kirkland. She suggests introducing children to nature observation with "20 second nature breaks." I tried this on the way to my car after work today. In that small amount of time as I crossed the parking lot, I saw a dragonfly, Towhee, and an unknown butterfly. The sky was a cloudless blue and the wind was gently blowing. The temperature was pleasantly cool.
I am excited about using this book and its methods and suggestions with students and with my own children. My problem is not finding 20 seconds here and there; rather, I'll want to spend the entire day observing, recording, drawing, photographing, researching, and asking questions. I told my daughter that if I were to go back to school again, I might want to learn to be a science teacher. As it is, I'll work creatively to integrate my growing interests of environmental studies into my library work.