Sprinkle young minds with the natural wonders of water!
Give children the gift of NOT taking for granted this extraordinary element and its phenomenal properties. After all, water is the foundation of physical life on earth!
Teaching the water cycle in 3D (to music!) is a brilliant introduction to the science of all living systems. One of the first things children realize when they have acted out the water cycle is that WATER IS ALWAYS IN MOTION, always changing state. It never stops!
The same is true for all living systems!!! There are no static systems.
Water also demonstrates natural connections and integration. Children love pondering the fact that the water in your lemonade may once upon a time have been in a cloud or a snowstorm, an iceberg or a coconut. Children love the thought that humans, plants and animals are also part of the hydrosphere!
All living systems are fluid, dynamic, interdependent and integrated! How do we ‘teach’ in a way that best reflects that??? That’s the premise of arts integrated education. If you want to teach the water cycle, be it! Turn your classroom into a living research theater!
The spring of knowledge will not be found in textbooks and worksheets. Knowledge springs from our connections to the natural worlds. Real science is a dynamic process. You can’t stop life to study it.
It begins in our own ‘headwaters’ as educators. Learning is simply NOT a static process. Learning itself is a living, fluid process! Water has much to teach us.
Let it rain!