Nature Sounds and the Radio

Our students were learning about nature sounds - specifically birds and insects. We listened to the first radio broadcast that featured nature sounds; Beatrice Harrison played her cello as the nightingales sang along. 

From there we listened to old time radio programs and listened to how they used sound to enhance the programs. The children were tasked to create their own radio program that uses nature sounds in their program. With older children I would have suggested researching the history of radio - thus adding a bit of history to the project. 

To demonstrate modern radio and how it works we visited a local radio program, WHSN 89.3 for a wonderful visit that inspired the children in new ways for their own project! 

September Newsletter

This months inspiration is nature sounds! Check out our newsletter to learn how you can incorporate nature sounds into your learning environment.


From the sound of wind ruffling the leaves, to the geese migrating overhead, and the sound of field crickets all around, now is a perfect time to study sound.


Fall Field Crickets

Fall field crickets lay their eggs in the cooler months. In the spring they hatch and develop into nymphs. In late summer and early fall the nymphs develop into adults and begin to sing. 

Crickets hear through ear like structures called tympana on their front legs. This can be compared to a human's tympanic membrane - otherwise know as an eardrum. 

Ask students to research composers that have been inspired by insect sounds. Read the Zuni Indian myth about Cicada and Coyote, a fun story on why cicadas shed their skin and coyotes have a jagged smile. Read On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This story describes her experience of the Rocky Mountain locust during the 1800's. Study the human ear and compare to other animals.

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June Newsletter

This month learn how to use wildflowers to teach geometry and cultural mythology!

Oxeye Daisy with goldenrod spider

Oxeye Daisy with goldenrod spider

Fractals are geometric patterns that recur over and over again at smaller and smaller scale. They are found naturally, such as the way a tree branches, or mathematically using computer animation. If you look closely at the yellow center a the oxeye daisy, you will see a spiral fractal similar to sunflowers.


For some, dandelions represent
three celestial bodies: 
sun - the yellow flower
moon - the puff ball of seeds
stars - the dispersing seeds. 

Natural Arch Play Area

Vegetable arches can be used to create a special hiding place for your children and grow yummy vegetables at the same time!  You just need some flexible PVC type tubing, some netting, vine growing plants such as cucumbers, squash and beans and a place to plant those plants. Of course you can always use vine growing flowers as well. 

Interweave the netting through the piping and then place the piping either in the ground or planter boxes. If you need extra stability you can use some straight sticks or rebars placed inside the tubing and then stuck in the dirt. 

As a learning extension you can have your children research the benefits of using arches in architecture. There are many cultures across time that have used arches so you can have them chose a culture to research as well. Heck, depending on the age of your child, you could have them research the business origins of the other well known golden arches.