Taking It Home
Wisdom begins in wonder. — Socrates, Greek philosopher
IN TODAY'S SESSION... we celebrated our time together with an outdoor Wonder Walk. We used our senses and our "wonder skills" of slowing down, paying attention, and observing nature. We talked about the quote from Socrates and what it means. The yarn around your child's wrist is a part of the interdependent web we created today and throughout this program.
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about... what your child remembers from this program. In what ways was your child—and your family—changed by this experience? Do you do something differently now than before the program, to celebrate or protect our interdependent web of life? For example, have you begun composting, created a garden?
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Share the stories from World of Wonder as a family. Find the stories on the Tapestry of Faith website. Make a booklet of the stories and ask family members to illustrate them.
A Family Adventure. Get outside in nature as much as you can!
A Family Ritual. Make spending time in nature a priority for your family. Develop a ritual to celebrate your place in the interdependent web of all existence.
Resources for extending the themes of World of Wonder:
- Broda, Herbert W., Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
- Bucklin-Sporer, Arden, How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers
- Burns, Loree Griffin, Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard
- Carson, Rachel, The Sense of Wonder
- Casey, Dawn and Wilson, Anne, Barefoot Book of Earth Tales
- Chiras, Dan, EcoKids: Raising Children Who Care for the Earth
- Christopher, Todd, Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids
- Cornell, Joseph B., Sharing Nature with Children (I and II)
- Gaylie, Veronica, The Learning Garden
- Goleman,Daniel; Bennett, Lisa; and Barlow, Zenobia, Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence
- Louv, Richard, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder
- Stone, Michael K., Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability
- Ward, Jennifer, I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature
- Weil, Zoe, Above All Be Kind and Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life
- Center for Ecoliteracy
- Children and Nature Network
- Humane Education
- National Wildlife Federation's "Green Hour" campaign
- Nature Conservancy
- Nature Rocks
- No Child Left Inside; statewide initiatives in Connecticut, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Michigan
- Northwest Earth Institute
- Zero Waste Home