Sound of Nature

Kathy Willow
Hunt Meadows Elementary School

Kathy's lesson plan (PDF)

Kathy's presentation (PDF)

The class takes a break "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots. The other is wings." - Hodding Carter, Jr.

The HORT class takes a break before the children come out.
Kathy shows the students pictures of plants that the beans and rice come from. Beans, rice, and noodles were used to put in the rainstick to make the sound of rain.

"There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again." - Elizabeth Lawrence
Children shown pictures of beans and rice for rainstick 
Children putting "rain" in rainsticks Two of the children are ready to put the "rain" into the sticks. Many of the children put several handfuls into the rainsticks. Some may have even put too much, but the students had a lot of fun.
"As an avid home gardener and a mother of adopted children, I'm often struck with the parallels between these two absorbing lifetime occupations.  Plants and children . . .
" . . . We their nurtures provide the best home and the most growth-nurturing care that we know and are capable of at the time.  But in the end, they both are going
to do what they need to do." - Helen Chesnut

Kathy helps one of the students with putting the nails in the rainstick. Many of the students needed help with this large task.
Putting nails in rainsticks 
Student holding stick for child to nail Brave Aaron holds the nail so the student can hammer it into the "Rainstick".

“What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.” - Isaac Bashevis Singer