The story Into the Wild highlights the core principles of inquiry-based learning in a simple yet vivid way – a boy exploring his surroundings led by his interests, fascinated by his very different discoveries and driven by an endless curiosity.
On one of his adventure walks, the boy makes an unexpected discovery – a bright red scarf peeks out behind a tree together with footprints on the ground. Who might they belong to? Following the red scarf and footprints he finds – eventually – something very special.
If the children could choose a place to explore, where would that be? The bush, the garden, the city or the beach? Are the colours of the beach different to the colours of the bush? What colours would they normally observe at the beach? Can they still observe these colours at night? What shapes can the children spot in the garden? What does the beach smell like? What sounds can they hear in the city? You could take the children on an adventure walk to a park but instead of walking encourage the children to hop like a frog. Does the park feel any different? Does the park feel bigger or smaller or the same?
With our book recommendations, we want to spark an interest in children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Most books go beyond the obvious STEM connections and can be a great starting point for exploring children’s questions and ideas further.
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Article author: Tina Gaertner
Graphic Design & Marketing Support
Tina combines her love of graphic design with a master’s degree in adult education. She loves using her creativity and digital expertise to contribute to changing young children’s lives.