With the new month we are beginning a new Unit of Learning: What’s Beneath My Feet? In this Unit children will explore outdoor surfaces as well as get ready for spring (even though winter just tried to kill us all last week.) As you walk outdoors with children they will often stop without warning to pick up a tiny rock or watch a worm or ant go about its work. They delight in their discoveries of the natural world. This unit celebrates that curiosity and expands on it in age appropriate ways. Students in our youngest classrooms will focus on the different surfaces and textures they find on the ground like grass, soil, sand, mud, rock, and water. The children will explore those resources, learn about the creatures that live in them, and even become horticulturalists as they learn about growing plants. Our older children will learn about natural resources, investigate the differences living and nonliving things, and explore conservation. In the land study, the children become geologists as they examine rocks and compare and contrast the characteristics of various kinds of rocks.