Or could it be that a quiet and solo encounter with one growing thing in the forest or garden, be it a mushroom or a trillium or a daffodil, first kindles the child's sense of connectedness and wonder?
For some children the magic may happen most powerfully in the inviting branches of a tree, the very act of climbing generating their awe.
Or might this secret of childhood lie hidden in the work of planting a vegetable that will be with us all summer, sharing its bounty?
Recently, the older children wrote some small/big "reports" to share some of this budding knowledge. Each report began with the children spelling out the words as best they can, with a movable alphabet, then pencil on paper, then the illustration. This is a big work for 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds. Big truths put into few and potent words.
which takes the energy of sunlight and turns it into food for the plant.
Think of it - making food from sunlight! We can't do that!
Leaf hunts are satisfying and fun.
and for him, a lot of written words.