Learning Our Letters with Nature Walk Treasures

Who knew that sticks and leaves and acorns and pine cones could be such useful teaching and learning tools?
Pre-kindergarten students love to explore nature on Norwood's beautiful 38-acre campus. After a recent nature walk, they returned to their classrooms with a bounty of fall treasures: sticks, acorns, leaves, and pine cones. Who knew these special treasures would serve as engaging teaching and learning tools as the students practiced their letters and counting?! They had a great time selecting items from the collection and forming letters to spell their names. The students also practiced their numbers by sorting and counting the items, which might have included—to their delight—an insect or two!

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Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.