Last month, Sawyer completed her first block on shelters. She was far from interested in this topic and wanted to research birds instead. Well if you know kids, then you know it is best to just follow their lead sometimes. I went to the library and checked out a tone of books on birds. She read them and researched birds on the internet and loved every minute of it.
Then I made the slip. I found a book on nests. Birds, Nests & Eggs by Mel Boring was perfect for what I wanted to cover. The book covered where the birds lived and how the bird’s habitat determined what type of nest it would build. She spent time attempting to make different types of nests. She had a difficult time getting the nests to “stick” together.” We all have a new appreciation for nest building!
Along with the bird books, I picked up a couple of books on Native American Shelters. She loves to read, and she will read almost anything that I put out. She read the two books that I picked up and immediately found the similarities between the Native American shelters and the bird nests.
We then looked at the Native American homes sheet from Montessori for Everyone. Sawyer made a booklet out of the sheets and was amazed by the different shelters that people made. She also made several connections between the tepees in the sheet and the tepees described in the book White Fang, which we are reading as a family.
Considering I was nervous about how the shelters block was going to work, the block worked out perfectly!