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...our spring nature table

25.5.15
Our nature table is meant to showcase and reflect the seasonal changes. Often used in Waldorf curriculum, its purpose is to help children learn about their natural environment and to understand concepts of time/seasonal changes.

We had only transitioned a bit into spring when we all began to move away from our daily rhythm, just a bit. It was a slow, but  inevitable change...we just didn't see it coming. 
We spend so much time outside now, that most indoor activities get pushed aside. Our nature table was one of those things. Neglected, it was becoming cluttered by stuff - just anything that the kids wanted to put there (I should have taken a picture of the mess). 
I would say that was the first sign of system failure, because in winter, we used and cherished our nature table. Our table is meant for interactive play; but I noticed that the kids (especially the bigger ones) were not as gentle with the items that were placed on it, and some of those items were being thrown about, and or hoarded.
We had some discussions about that. Our nature table is integral to our rhythm. It is  a very hands-on "table" that allows for stimulation of all 5 senses...OK, almost all 5. I don't think they taste anything on the table, lol.

The table is always changing, as we add new finds; change our flowers/plants, and more or less try to show the progression of each season.

Books on our table:






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