On Wednesday, we went on a nature walk. The children are very observant, and were eager to collect different types of acorns. Some discovered two wasps on the sidewalk and a spider on the underside of a fence. We stopped to watch a bumblebee on some goldenrod. Afterwards, a few of the children described how they'd seen the bumblebee's tongue and pollen on its legs. This careful observation is the essence of Waldorf's approach to science in the early grades, and is something that we will practice through the years. The children will find these observation skills useful in middle school when we begin to have physics and chemistry blocks.
~Diane Reed, 2nd Grade Teacher