The Wonderful World of Kindergarten

Welcome to our Reggio Emilia inspired classroom at Dr. David Suzuki School.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Ojibway Park and Our Watershed

Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.
~ Dr. David Suzuki ~

It all started with a Spring walk...
...that lead to cleaning the environment
...that lead to cleaning water and making a water filtration system
 ...and it was all made meaningful with a trip to Ojibway Park.
 
 A familiar place for some children, and brand new to others. 
The children were witness to the natural awakening of Spring!
 
Green shoots arose from dried brush and creatures of fur and feather 
roused from winter slumber.
 
The warmth of the sun was lost on no one! 
We were all out together, enjoying this fine Spring day.
All the living things...four legs, two legs or no legs at all.
 
We peered over railings and followed the trail of a meandering stream. 
This water is connected to our Detroit River, which is connected to Lake St. Clair, 
which is connected to The Great Lake System!
It is also connected to Ojibway Park, and the deer that drink from it, 
and the animals that use it for their livelihood,
and the plants that grow near it.
 
We are all connected.
The water, the land and all living things. 
 
 
 
We must all work together. We care for our earth,
and our earth will take good care of all living things.
We can have garbageless lunches and make sure to put scraps into compost bins.
We can reduce our waste, reuse materials and recycle containers and paper.
 
 The children document what they've seen at Ojibway Park.
A tree, with a dove way up high and roots way down deep.
A turtle sculpture.
Now we know.
Now we are stewards of the environment.
 
Living together. Growing together.


Click on the title and sing along with your children and Michael Mitchell.


I'd like to take a walk in the woods,
Come with me, do you think you could?
We'll find a tree that we can climb,
We'll have fun all afternoon.

Little trees need a chance to grow,
It takes time and care.
They're a lot like us you know.

So many kinds of different trees,
They look like one big family.
Big ones, short ones, baby ones too,
I'll name this one after you.

Little trees need a chance to grow,
It takes time and care.
They're a lot like us you know.

It'll be a long time before he,
Is tall and strong like a grown up tree.
For now he's just a kid like us,
Playing out in the woods.

Little trees need a chance to grow,
It takes time and care.
They're a lot like us you know.

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