We found a dead bird at Forest School today. Well, actually, N. found the dead bird and brought it to me in her hands. I yelped a little (“Where did you find that?!?”) and then leaped for the soap and water. Once we’d scrubbed and dried our hands, we carefully transferred the bird to a bucket. As we did, N. asserted: “If we put water on it then it will come back alive right away.”
Questions and assumptions about life and death arise and reveal themselves all the time at Forest School. I wrote about one such time here, about how O.’s question, “What does dead mean?” so loaded with potential for deep thinking and inquiry learning, made me roar (internally) with excitement and the desire to pounce all over it.
N’s assertion today that putting water on the dead bird would bring it back to life again was another such moment. (And, actually, reminded me of how O’s question about death also led him to water, and how a group of students this past summer wondered whether water would make a stump decompose faster, and how another group of students just this Monday wondered whether water might make a fallen tree they wanted to climb on stronger for that purpose…it seems like kids have a really profound intuition about the connection between water and life!)Read More