Dinosaurs are mesmerizing to children, they are the giants of their imaginations, but how much can a child really learn from them? What resources do you have access to? I use the example of dinosaurs because they are extinct. We are all limited in what we can do to share information about them, just as I am limited in helping Aidan understand and experience all the "joys" of snow (for example - the best kind for making snowmen, the way the wind swirls it around in the air, the sound it makes when you walk in it, how cold it feels, and what snowflakes look like with a magnifying glass). I can teach him more and help him understand his world better by starting with what he experiences every day...the things in our backyard, our local area. It would be a failure on my part if I didn't help my son learn about where he lives.
There are different types of palm trees all over Florida, including our yard. When we go on walks we see even more. We can do all kinds of investigating with these palms; measure their lengths, compare shades of color, and feel their different textures. If we lived in Wisconsin I could only show him pictures of them. What is more relevant to a young child living in the northern part of the states, a palm tree or an evergreen? Recently, we've been studying the nuts and seeds that fall from the trees in our yard, ones from a palm in particular. We can see the various stages they go through by looking at the variety on the ground.
We can open them up to see what they look like inside. Would you be able to tell which colored nut is sticky, and which was harder to open by looking at the picture? They even have a faint smell to them.
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