On Homeschool & Unschooling

Children are born with an innate love for all living things

A common Chafer beetle flew into our house & we commenced Operation Catch & Release.
Initially, we (Hubs & I) suggested leaving it outside our doorstep. Bubs refused to enter the house, bravely protecting that bug because he was worried it doesn’t know how to take the lift down to the ground floor & find its way home.
After 10 minutes of deliberation, we carried the bug on a stick & headed downstairs.
We spent the next 30 minutes walking around the neighborhood in search of a safe place to release it.
No grass patches because ‘the ants will eat it’ & ‘people might step on it’.
I suggested our neighborhood garden & Bubs said the gardener can’t see it & might step on the bug & kill it.
What about the tree? No. The birds might eat it.
Annoyed that my countless suggestions were rejected, I asked him where would be the safest place to release it. Bubs thought for a few seconds and told me he would like to bring it home. “We can keep it & look after it,” he said.
I could have made my own life easier by telling Bubs it doesn’t matter where the bug was released. But how would a 3-year old who was genuinely trying to help a bug feel?
I could have indirectly taught him it doesn’t matter if he cared. It doesn’t matter if he tried to help, to love, to go above & beyond his means to really make a difference for this bug.
When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength
The Discovery of the Child. Maria Montessori.  
A child has an innate love for God’s creations.

“Many times, adults think that young children only need to eat and sleep well; we ignore that they also need to be in nature and interact with it, as it is crucial for their physical and emotional development. Think about the natural movement of the leaves as a mobile that will help the child to develop his vision. Think about the music in nature to stimulate the child’s sense of hearing – the songs of the birds, the sound of dry leaves when we step on them, or the rain hitting the ground. Close your eyes and recall the smell of the soil after the rain, the perfume of the rose when it starts to open, or the fragrance of basil when you cut a leaf. What a wonderful way to stimulate the sense of smell.

The problem is that in our day, children live an artificial life in our cities, where nature gets restricted to a park, or if you are lucky enough, to a home with a garden, and even that may not provide a healthy interaction with nature. If the child is not able to hear, to see, to touch, he will not be able to love. We can love only that which we know. The young child acquires the knowledge of his surroundings through his senses. That is why in Montessori we say the young child is a sensorial explorer.”


Excerpt from Montessori Guide


In the end, we found a fantastic spot! It’s the same spot where we had released a couple of frogs a few weeks ago. To Bubs, that’s a safe haven for his little friends.
We bid farewell to our little friend & that made Bubs’ day knowing he did something good.

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