The activity of this stage offers a full-body immersive experience with God’s creation. Engage as many of the human senses as possible— sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. It is the climax of the entire Fluid Learning sequence.
Participants make natural stone compost or stone dust by crushing small and medium-sized stones with a hammer or mallet to strengthen soil used for planting or potting. This avoids the use of chemicals that are dangerous for the environment.
Participants select a space of their own in an area of the lawn and mark it with a ribbon or string, about one foot in diameter in a circle or any geometric figure of their choice. They lie down to closely observe only what they find in this area. They are then provided with a magnifying glass or rolled up paper to take a closer look at the world beneath their feet.
Participants will put together a puzzle with a picture of trees and the functions of the tree parts on the back. In small groups, they will find their puzzle pieces hanging from various parts of a tree. When putting it together they will see the landscape and, when turning it over, they will be able to read and discuss the functions of each part of the tree.
Early in the morning, participants will hold a fallen branch or long stick, over 2 meters long. Preferably, this stick should have branches at the top. The stick shall be held vertically. Participants will hold it while seated and cover their bodies with cloths or blankets. Waiting patiently, you will see several birds perching on the branches.
Participants will lie on the ground, with their eyes on the sky, feet covered up to the sides of their heads with pine needles. They will feel as if they were inside the earth. They will stand still and still to experience the forest through the eyes of the forest itself.
In this collection we present the activities organized in a structured way to create learning that flows1 from one stage to another and there are five. When doing the sequence of activities, you go from play to close observation to involvement in conservation.
Offering Direct Experience
Worshiping the Creator
Acting as Stewards of Creation
When you find an ecological topic of your interest and possibilities to explore, follow this sequence, and you will discover that the activities will generate appreciation, joy, gratitude and response to the beauty of creation.
(1) Cornell, JB, & Mané, P. (1982). Live nature with children. Editions 29.
Explore by Theme
Ecological Themes of the Collection
In this collection we present the activities organized by Ecological Theme. An ecological theme can be: some object of nature: trees, clouds, or stones. It can also focus on a habitat such as water, forest, or sand. The ecological theme could investigate flora or fauna such as ants, hummingbirds, plants, or owls. You select the theme according to the element in your environment that you want to explore.
The unique factor of this collection is that in addition to organizing the activities into ecological themes, each Theme contains a sequence of five activities. This sequence is based on cutting-edge pedagogy that transforms children’s apathy toward nature into joy by having them play, observe, experiment, admire the Creator, and even take action to conserve nature. This system is called: Fluid Learning® (Used under license from Flow Learning® by Sharing Nature Worldwide). It traditionally has four stages, but for the purposes of this collection the fourth has been amended and a fifth stage has been added.