Nature Exploration at Gribbin

Nature Exploration at Gribbin photo

Gribbin kindergarten and first-grade science buddies in Miss Irene Kamola’s and Mrs. Antoinette Hatzopoulos’ classes have been taking nature walks and exploring fall science.

Miss Kamola recently drove by the biggest and heaviest sunflower she had ever seen. It barely fit in her truck, but she knew she had to take advantage of this unique teaching opportunity. The students learned about the parts and lifecycle of a sunflower and used their math skills and vocabulary to measure themselves. They made a graph of their favorite sunflower seeds to eat – raw, roasted or salted – and read books and learned a poem and a song about sunflowers. Teachers also explained how seeds get around, with students letting their own seeds go in anticipation of new plants sprouting in the spring.  

As students in the Teachers’ Greentree Ecology Workshop this past summer, Miss Kamola and Mrs. Hatzopoulos continue to nurture their own love of science and nature in their students. They are inspired by Anna Comstock, known as “the mother of nature education,” Comstock said, “Nature study cultivates in the child a love of the beautiful. The nature story is never finished. There is not a weed or an insect or a tree so common that the child, by observing carefully, may not see things never yet recorded.”