Estela Romero

Learning on pollination and pollinators at our elementary schools

Estela Romero
Learning on pollination and pollinators at our elementary schools

Elementary level science book content for our children.-

Dear Fellows: Our elementary school children attending 3rd. grade and 4th grade are the ones learning on polliation and pollinators while attending these grades during their elementary school time. A compilation of the content of both levels is at sight in the photos in the blog this time, so that you and your science teachers could have an idea of the approach our children do on this topic. A detailed information of the structural parts of a flower and the process of pollination and the sexual reproduction of some plants are a main part of it. Several experimet suggestions are suggested along the contents. The sience book at each level, mention bees as important pollinators, and then refer to other insects (not specifying their names) as important pollinators as well. Only 2-3 of the 31 schools the symbolic migration visited this Monarchs season, have a vegetable nursery or a garden to care and for exploring purposes outside their classrooms within their school facilities. In our education system, it depends a good deal on each principal and science teachers that the initiative to plant a garden for the school, and/or the possibility to do a few expeditions during the school year be possible and fulfilled outside the school facilities out into the forest —which most, not to say all of our schools have at only some hundreds of meters—. There are not drastic restrictions to take children out for expedition, nature’s exploration classes or even recreation time. The authorization and support from the principal, the permission from parents, who in most cases accept and are glad their children live an outdoor experience, are the main two aspects to manage. Once this two parties under agreement, local authorities will always be willing to support, providing, in most cases, the bus transportation to children and teachers from the school and then back to it; many times even a lunch included could be a small gift for children and teachers. Frequently a few parens can be asked to join the expedition in order to support teachers to care after children. Hopefully, the education reforms in our country just taking place now, shall encourage techers and students for the contact of our children with the outside natural local surrounding, in order to touch their sensibility on so many aspects to care much more about as the local society in charge of caring of our own local ecosystem. Studies shall be extended wnen children reach middle school level doing more approach through some experiments inside the classrooms at their science lessons; students at such level, however, will hardly have contact with their outside natural local surrounding, an urgent aspect in our education/academical system to be urgently reinforced, indeed, as many experts drestically observe.