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Friday, December 12, 2008

The Nature Table

A sampling of our Green Friday treasures ended up in a new Nature Table home in the boys' room. I'm hoping that it will be a convenient location to display the sticks, stones, shells, leaves, and the other odds and ends that find their way into our home after time spent outside.

It would be terrific if the Nature Table reflected the changing of the seasons as well, but I really want it to be an area meant for play and discovery, rather than a no-touch display. It will be interesting to see whether the boys really use the space and how it evolves. I'm trying to avoid pre-conceived notions about it...

Do you have a Nature Table, or a similar display? How do your children interact with it?

5 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I've been following your blog for a week or so now since seeing it linked on TWTM forums. Your pictures are fabulous. I especially appreciated yesterday's verse and the accompanying photos.

I've been wanting to implement a nature table for a while now but my preconceived notions of what it could or should be have been holding me back. I look forward to seeing how yours evolves. We already have tons of odd stones, sticks, bugs (eewww...dead, of course!) and other such items strewn about as it is. It's probably not a bad idea to give those items a space of their own.

jodi said...

before we packed up 1/2 our books (and shelves!) to make the house look less "cluttered" (as our realtor said..) we had a nature shelf and i found i had to let it go from what *i* thought it should be. it eventually turned into something more beautiful than i could have imagined (thanks to my imaginative 12yo girl who always turned her brother's nature finds into works of art--remember that book Leaf Man?) we kept the brock magiscope right there too...

evidently, it was such a hit here at home (and missed at "real" school) that my 4th grade son suggested it to his teacher this year (it's his first year in public school, and he hasn't yet learned being politically correct about the nea. let's hope he never learns, eh?) she has added it, along with a turtle and some nature books. :)

enjoy--
jodi-who is grateful you haven't taken a blogging break for christmas

jodi said...

forgot to ask you if you're familiar with dawn's blog "by sun and candlelight"? she has a wonderful nature corner...i'll link to one recent post that did a tour of her learning environment, the nature corner is featured half way down. she has 3 boys also...

http://dawnathome.typepad.com/by_sun_and_candlelight/2008/11/getting-ready-f.html

heather said...

I love this idea! And I look forward to hearing how this works for you. I may look to implement something like this in the future.

Mab said...

My oldest son's preschool had one but I honestly never thought about having one in my own home. Will be incorporating this idea when we move. Thanks for the idea and picture- very helpful.