Today we travelled by public transportation and a long walk to reach Roundtop Park, one of the highest points in Pullman, and a remnant of the original Palouse prairie. Part of the challenge of today was the weather. The temperature dropped about thirty degrees from yesterday, and there was a fierce cold wind blowing. We got a very concrete lesson in being prepared for changes of weather. Many of the kids were under-dressed in shorts and T-shirts, and were feeling very cold. We made an emergency trip back to one of our family’s home to stock up on jackets, hats, gloves and long pants. Lesson learned, we hope!
The theme of today was perspective. We spent part of the day getting up close and personal with individual prairie plants, and using a plant guide to identify the plants. We also considered what we might have named a plant. I loved the name given to a type of grass by a child ~ ‘purple seeds’ From the photos you can see how intent the children were on seeing ‘up close’ and noticing detail.
Above is one of my favorite photos, At outdoor science school, no desks are needed for learning and work!
We also switched perspective, because we were up high, and looked out at the landscape. We drew and talked about what we saw. We also talked about what we noticed using our different perspectives. This is similar to using binoculars and a magnifying lens, two tools we have been using throughout our outdoor science school.
Part of today was also spent in being a child in nature – having fun by running, climbing, jumping, and pretending to be animals! We ended the day by composing a song about perspective! I hope we will sing this for parents at our presentation tomorrow at 1:00. Tomorrow morning the children will work on inquiry projects, and will present their findings to the group and parents after a picnic lunch. This week has gone by too fast!