In preparation for their upcoming adventures in exploration, our preschool Explorers class has been learning the art of observation by closely studying one particular spot on the ground. How to isolate an area of study? Use a hula hoop!
First the children heard about how to use the hula hoop and that they should only observe what they found inside the hoop, and that they should look very carefully.
Then it was time to head outside (thankfully it wasn't raining!) and, with the help of a teacher, write down all the things that they could see in that circle. There was the obvious texture of the ground - wood chips, stone tiles, earth - but in addition they found all kinds of stuff, from bugs to barrettes.
Now those kids are ready to observe and record all that they find on their upcoming adventures!