Mountain Pine's CSO Head Start students explore nature, nurture critical skills

MOUNTAIN PINE, Ark. — CSO Head Start students at Mountain Pine embarked on a journey into the realm of science on Jan. 29 and 30 as they delved into the wonders of nature and plants.

The children engaged in activities such as observing, predicting, experimenting, and interpreting to understand the functioning of things in the world around them. This exploration aims to foster the development of self-confidence and critical thinking skills, crucial for academic achievement. Instructor Destini Hannah read the book “Trees, Trees, Trees!” by Nancy Noel Williams.

“Trees, Trees, Trees!” sought to answer the following questions:

  • Where do trees grow?
  • What kinds of trees remain green throughout the year?
  •  Which trees shed their leaves?

After the reading, the class discussed the word “Proud,” prompting reflections on personal accomplishments.

The Head Start playground served as the setting for the immersive learning experience. Students were encouraged to think about the growth of plants, inquire about their variations in size, and discern the diverse characteristics of different plant species.

The combination of play and learning outdoors helps children develop the following:

  • Gross Motor Skills: Physical activities and outdoor engagement contributed to the development of gross motor skills.
  • Physical Development: The interactive exploration of nature promoted physical well-being.
  • Communication Skills: Discussions and shared experiences enhanced the children’s communication abilities.
  • Mental Health: Connecting with the natural environment positively impacted the mental well-being of the young learners.
  • Social Development/Social Interaction: Collaborative activities and group discussions facilitated social development.
  • Intellectual Development: The immersive learning experience stimulated intellectual growth, fostering a foundation for future academic success.

The focus on nature and science not only kindled curiosity but also laid the groundwork for a future generation of science learners.

Trees, Trees, Trees!

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