Environmental Education Summercamp
I taught a yoga class in the morning for all students and also a class on soil and soil-forming factors as part of the daily courses. Students were noticeably calmer and more focused after a short morning yoga routine and on the last day, many of them said it was their favorite part of the day.
The soil class was very engaging and aimed to teach children how to conduct an experiment. I began the course by talking about the different soil-forming factors which are parent material, climate, biota (organisms), topography and time. Then we conducted an experiment to see if what I said was true and soil indeed changed as we hiked up the mountain. To prove soil changed as elevation increased we looked at the type of plants that were present. So as we hiked up the mountain, students picked out different plants and taped them to their notebooks. In the end, our hypothesis that soil change with elevation was correct and the children learned more about soil-forming factors, how soil impacts our plants, and how to conduct an experiment. I also took an opportunity to talk about what happens if we treat our soil badly and therefore how that can impact plants and our health. It was beautiful.
We also painted a mural with our students at the school we were giving classes in collaboration with an Art Collective from the Mixtec region.
Location: Santo Tomas Ocotepec, Oaxaca, México