Our rock adventures with the Rock Study Grid for this month’s focus with the Outdoor Hour Challenge inspired the kids. They were very excited about Rock Walks and collecting cool rocks in the backyard. One day they got particularly enthusiastic and when our little tray filled up, they just dumped the rest of the rocks they found (in handfuls) on the carpet in my living room. When I objected, X-man exclaimed, “But Mom, all of these rocks are my collection!”
I did finally overcome my loathing to curb their enthusiasm and got the rocks back outside (though ever since, I have found many small rocks in far corners of the living room and in Shortstop’s mouth). So our next Nature Study found us in our backyard on a “Rock Hunt.” I listed the adjectives from the rock study grid on an index card (all my printer paper had been used up by little artists- this happens frequently) and we had fun looking for different types of rocks.
We then took the rocks that matched our descriptions inside to draw them. We enjoyed drawing the rocks we found. The drawing process got us to slow down and look at each rock closely and notice the variety of colors and textures.
Then we stacked those rocks on a placemat on our table and it is our centerpiece. The stack gets dismantled at every meal, but that means that the kids are interacting with the rocks and this is a good thing. My precious 4 year old Princess K told me the other day, “Mom, I really like learning about rocks!” Delight fills my heart and a grin covers my face every time I think of her words.