The children’s explorations will lead them to recognize that there is great diversity of life on this planet. After introducing the child to one idea, little by little she becomes aware that because of this one idea, plants behave in many different ways. Those different behaviors result in different characteristics and in different qualities. The children learn that plants and animals have needs and in order to survive those needs must be met. The needs are met in a myriad of ways and this variety of response is what gives rise to such a diversity of life on our planet. All of these awarenesses that come to the children must be classified and organized and when this is done, it helps the children to meet that tendency to order.
Observation is a tool that the child will possess and put to use. It becomes a key that will open many doors to her awareness.
We want to ensure that the environment provides many opportunities for the children to explore, to observe, to wonder, to ask questions and seek answers of their own accord.
· Plants – why are these leaves drooping?
· Lots of variety
· Resources for inexhaustive study
When we nurture that sense of wonder, we foster a respect for nature. Children discover that there is a balance in nature and that it is a very delicate balance, in need of protection. The children will realize that biology is not just learning about plants and animals, nor is it just about learning the names of the characteristics of plants and animals, biology is actually about understanding the relationships between plants and animals, and with the earth. They see that this is a vital relationship that must be kept in balance and be protected. When they start recognizing these aspects, they start assuming responsibility for the care of nature.