WHAT WE DO
Learning Through Nature’s connection with participants takes hold from the minute we introduce our living habitats. Ranging from bird aviaries, to freshwater aquatic habitats, onto marine reef aquatic habitats, the infusion of life brings energy to otherwise lifeless lesson plans. The creation of the model, the collection of information, and the analyzing of data collected provides great learning tools for experience based learning. During lessons, the children have a central role in the discovery process, participating in testing water samples, distinguishing surfaces and their effects, and drawing conclusions using constants and variables. So now instead of hearing about photosynthesis, they can see how it works, and the byproducts of its functions, and also how it affects the life cycle of vegetation and the nitrogen cycle. While learning about reproductive systems, we can actually go through the building of a nest, development, and the hatching of a baby bird.
- Drawing conclusions based on information gathered
- Analyzing data and forecasting effects and future events
- Identifying effects and the causality of their responsible actions
- Create models, measure, observe constants and variables
- Making decisions and communicating
HOW STUDENTS WILL BE TAUGHT
The use of Living Habitats in Learning Through Nature is a reality based approach hinged on effective use of research and collecting evidence that creates tangible learning and reflective lesson plans. By having the students creating and maintaining this living environment, they become familiar with practices of observing, making conclusions, deductive reasoning, and gathering all pertinent information to come to an end result. Along with the quick experiments meant to engage students, introduced will be necessary speaking points, such as, “ I observed this”, as well as, “Multiple tests have shown us”. This also positively affects their vocabulary, as they expand it to encompass the lingo associated with experiments.