"We breaked the levees.": Learning in Action and Through Interaction

Repeated exposures to the forested environment laid the groundwork for deep exploration and learning through both action and interaction over the course of the five days. On day two, as they built fairy houses at the base of the Live Oak in Base Camp the children engaged their capacity for mathematical thinking. After all, too many or too few sticks may lead to an unstable structure. Naive physics and geometry also entered the scene as one child attempted to discern the best angle at which to position a large vine so that the pulley system can successfully lift a bucket of water. Similar learning domains came into focus when a group of children applied themselves to the task of building levees in tractor tracks filled with fresh rainwater. “How high do the sides need to be?” “How much force does it take to knock through a thick wall? A thin one?” The children investigated relationships between height, width, and sturdiness.