I call this post my “developing educational philosophy” because, guess what? I am still learning! This one idea though, of letting connections to material come naturally and organically has been on my mind for a bit, so I wanted to share my developing thoughts. Feel free to check back in at a later date to see if it is still working!
This week we learned the “major groups of invertebrates”. For my 4 year old, that basically meant learning “some animals don’t have bones! And here are a few examples!” I didn’t check out books about invertebrates from the library, I didn’t even make an art project about worms or snails or octopi (though that would be simple and fun!). We just learned that such animals exist and sang a silly song to help remember their names. We drew, and we read books, but they didn’t necessarily line up with what we were learning this week. Continue reading