Ready, set, slow!
Dear MMS Families,
Every morning before lunch I have been taking my girls (ages 3 and almost 2) on slow nature walks. Even if just walking out our front door, we move slowly down the street, taking the time to examine different leaf shapes, different rock formations, and flower petals that have fallen to the ground. It has been a good reminder to really slow down, take your time, walking just to be walking without a destination, and appreciate our environment.
A few things we do on our walks:
- Play I-Spy with sounds or colors. “I spy with my little eye something that starts with mmm,” or, “I spy with my little eye something turquoise.”
- Bring a basket and collect leaves and flowers to bring home for drying. After they dry, you can press them into books or glue the petals to construction paper for collage.
- Look under larger rocks for insects and slugs.
- Practice safety lessons in looking both ways, holding hands to cross streets, and listening for cars.
- Before a walk we read “The Listening Walk” by Paul Showers to inspire quiet and really staying in tune with our surroundings.
“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.”Maria Montessori