Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wildlife on the School Grounds

Wildlife on the school grounds is the ultimate in a teachable moment.
This pheasant appeared out of nowhere, hung around for two hours, and then was gone.

It may not look like much to you, but it’s like an alien ship landing in New York City; four times bigger than our ho-hum ubiquitous pigeons.

The children’s jaws dropped, they were respectfully quiet, and simply observed.  It was like a field trip, or a zoo trip, steps from our room.

Afterwards, we googled images of pheasants, compared and contrasted with our all-too-familiar pigeons, and told which animals we’d like to see up close in the wild, and which we wouldn’t—like tigers.

We first spotted the bird camouflaged high up in a tree.  It’s a great lesson in observation, and seeing deeply, things that are right in front of our eyes.  That’s something to try any time, and any place.

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