This year we have had the privilege of witnessing your child deepen their connection to a natural landscape near where they live. LandPaths believes that strong relationships to land lead to healthy kids, healthy families and healthy communities - this is what IOOBY is all about!
By their fourth visit to their adopted property, IOOBY students showed a curiosity about how nature works and a willingness to explore and learn from their surroundings. We saw the students grasp the value of giving back to the land through stewardship, a concept they explored hands-on during one of their field-trips this year. We are honored to have been a part of your child's education. We hope that you see a deep respect for nature growing in them and that they take the lessons of nature home, allowing their experiences with IOOBY to shape their unique perspectives on life.
Please take advantage of some of the other programs LandPaths has to offer – in particular our ongoing family-friendly outing series and our nature-immersion summer program for youth- Owl Camp. Many thanks and we hope to see you again soon in Sonoma County’s Big Outside!
HABITAT... what's that?
The theme for our final field trip was habitats. We looked at what makes a habitat through song, exploration, investigation, and down right fun. Your child may have experienced a critter's habitat first-hand! Ask your child about their experiences: what they saw, learned and loved. Below is a list of activities we completed together, along with some questions to ask your child about their experiences.
(1) SINGING THE HABITAT SONG "A tunnel for an ant and a cave for a bat, what were those four things that make a habitat?" Just like your child, every living creature needs four things to survive: food, water, shelter and space. You can bring home the concept of habitat by asking your child how their food, water, shelter and space compare to that needed by other living things like earthworms, Stellar's Jays, or salamanders!
(2) COLLECTING AND SKETCHING CREEK CRITTERS. Ask your child what critter they got to draw. Can they remember how it breathes under water?
(3) POSITIVE REFLECTIONS
We took time to look back on our whole year with IOOBY and wrote postcards to ourselves! Using watercolors, we painted pictures on the front of our postcard and described our favorite experiences in nature. Ask your child: What did they paint? What were their favorite IOOBY experiences throughout the year?
(4) SAYING GOODBYE TO OUR SIT SPOTS Since it was our last visit as a class, we said goodbye to our sit spots. Ask your child if they liked their sit spot. Would they like to go back? Many of the places we visited are public and can be accessed anytime. Offer to take your child back to their sit spot. If their IOOBY site is not public, remind your child that sit spots can be created anywhere, anytime.
The concept of sit spots are central to IOOBY field trips because we believe that time alone in nature can alleviate stress, connect us more deeply to our surroundings, and bring about clarity in our path and purpose. Encourage your child to create their own sit spot in a local park, your garden, or in a special place at home.
Upcoming Free Family Events:
Wed. June 22nd, 10am-1pm: iRead on the Ridge: Healdsburg Ridge
Wed. June 29th: 10am-1pm: iRead in the Forest: Healdsburg Ridge
Wed. July 6th: 9am-12pm: iRead in the Garden: Bayer Farm
Wed. July 13th: 10am-1pm: iRead in the Redwoods: Grove of Old Trees
Wed. July 20th: 10am-1pm: iRead by the Creek: Rancho Mark West
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