I believe both Waldorf and Montessori teaching methods encourage you to create a space where your children can display their nature finds. When I first read about the idea I have to admit I wasn't thrilled with the idea of one of my shelves being filled with the millions of items my daughter finds outside and drags in but I took a deep breath and gave her the space. It's now one of my favorite places in my home. At any given time, I will walk by and find something new. Acorn caps, feathers, shells have all made their appearance, but this weekend the ultimate find was on display. The skeletal remains of a rodent that were found in an owl pellet. We had gone to a nature presentation about birds of prey last weekend and one of the activities for the children was dissecting an owl pellet. My daughter scored with hers and found a large number of bones. What cracks me up (and also makes me realize how important a nature display space is for a child's creativity) is how my daughter displayed her find. Bones were arranged on doilies according to her own category system.
My daughter always brags that she's good at science and art because her daddy's a scientist and her mama's a designer and I think she has driven her point home with this latest project, don't you? Do you have a nature display place in your house? What's there today?