NATURAL BEINGS IN A NATURAL WORLD teaches pre-k to grade 5 children the skills of communing with all that is alive around us. The course, designed with former pre-kindergarten teacher Betty Osceola of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, focuses on the ecosystems of South Florida, the ancestral home of the Tequesta and Calusa, and the lands of the Miccosukee and Seminole.
Sunday morning explorations, often enjoyed outside on the five-acre campus of UUMiami, fosters “seeing back in time” as we learn of the flora and fauna of our home, the soil, water, and minerals here, and, of course, our reptiles and mammals. We will take a special interest in our bat population, learning to build and support this important member of our ecosystem. Much of the learning will be captured in crafts that allow children to anchor their learning in a tangible “take home.”
Field learning experiences, called monthly “Church Out,” will provide whole family outings to help us know both the wild and historical parts of this corner of the world, hopefully developing our own sense of land stewardship shared from our indigenous neighbors.
- Looking at Nature in Big & Small Ways
- Past & Present
- Outdoor Experiences
- Exploring Ways of Knowing: Interconnections (What Depends on That)
- Making Art/Craft & Anchoring Knowledge
- Vocabulary Development
- Stories of Spiritual Depth
- Indigenous Stories
- Native Plants & Trees
- Fun Songs
NATURAL BEINGS IN A NATURAL WORLD will be taught by a recently retired teacher who loves to combine science, art, history and stories in experiences where learning is fun. Every class is anchored with movement, voice, and sharing.