Dear IOOBY parent,
LandPaths’ In Our Own BackYard (IOOBY) is in full swing, with your child learning outdoors for the second time this year. We’ve explored our watershed and even got to see and touch tiny water dwelling creatures together! The most common quote from kids is “ This was the best day ever!”
As an IOOBY parent, we want to include you in all the fun your child is having outdoors. During the rainy season, your child learned LOTS about water in their outdoor classroom. Your child may be excited to share the day’s events with you—or it may take a few questions to get them started. Learn more about what we did on our field trips below and ask them questions about what they learned. Remember, you are your child’s most important teacher. And their experience will be all the more powerful if they share it with you.
Please consider joining us on one of the next scheduled field trips (check with your child’s teacher) and say thanks—your teacher spends extra time and effort to share this opportunity with your child. LandPaths’ IOOBY program if funded by grants, and people like you. Please consider making a donation.
During this field trip we talked a lot about water: why humans need it, how it moves through the landscape, and how important it is for our health and the health of the environment!
Below are some activities that your child may have participated in. These are all great things to ask your child about to get them talking about their time in nature!
(1) SINGING THE WATER CYCLE BOOGIE- A fun song and dance that illustrates some important steps of the water cycle. Can your child sing it for you? What are the main phases of the water cycle?
(2) COLLECTING AND SKETCHING CREEK CRITTERS. Ask your child what critter they got to draw. Can they remember how it breathes under water?
(3) WATER QUALITY TESTING This introduction to water chemistry helps IOOBY students learn about water quality and how humans can impact the health of our water. What did they learn about the quality of water at their IOOBY site? What can we do to improve water quality?
(4) SIT SPOTS are a time for your child to find solace in nature. Since this is the second time they've visited, ask them how their sit spot has changed since theor first visit. How did rain alter the landscape?
(5) OTHER FUN STUFF! We saw TONS of things that you can only see during the rainy season... like slugs, earthworms, salamanders, fresh moss, footprints in the mud, and MORE! Ask your child what they saw that they could only see during the rainy season.
IOOBY stands for In Our Own BackYard. IOOBY is LandPaths' premier environmental education program that aims to cultivate a level of comfort in, connection to, and informed appreciation of the outdoors for students involved. Through four theme- based field trips, we hope to awaken each students' senses to the world around them through discovery and exploration, enliven their curiosity about the natural world through fun- filled investigations of their own watersheds and local habitats, and ultimately, inspire them to respect, protect, and steward the land.
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