Turning Caterpillars into Butterflies

We walked to the park last Thursday on our final official day of Forest School. As I moved from tree to tree, observing the children and recording their words and experiences, I began again to see the world from their perspective. Size and capability were central themes.  “Look at me. I am taller than all the grown-ups.” said Lil proudly. “You said I am little, and I am, but I am also big,” shared Finn as she spoke to a peer. “I can do it!” proclaimed Gigi as she climbed the tree and then jumped down. “You have to be brave,” remarked Fox as he described the courage it took to climb the tree and then find a way down. By this time in the year, children have developed the emotional and linguistic skill to describe details in their environment, to compare and make connections to their own experiences.

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