Sandra Duncan

Online presentation to ARCQE

Online presentation 

The Honeycomb Hypothesis: How Young Children Learn through Nature Play.

Have you ever observed honeybees flitting around and nosing up to sweet smelling flowers? Pause to observe them and you may notice just how these little wonders of nature are busily gathering pollen to carry back to their hives. This repeated gathering, collecting, taking, and placing the pollen in the hive is innate and instinctive. Honeybees happily buzz back and forth, back and forth, and repeat the process so quickly you may grow dizzy as you observe. The same is true for very young children. The only difference is wee ones are collecting bits and pieces of data from the environment to give to their honeycomb brains.

Grounded in Piaget's theory of cognition and Wilson's theory of biophilia, this presentation uses the analogy of a honey bee to help you understand how children learn and offer plenty of hands-on experiences and ideas in this presentation for fostering young children's true understanding of their worlds through open-ended nature exploration. And watch the young honey bees in your classroom fly to new and inspiring heights.