For the last few weeks we have been reading all about the ocean and fish in our Sonlight PreK and Core A programs. The children have sat pouring over the pictures and even my – almost 10 year old – has been creeping over to listen.
Well last night I remembered that a while back my brother-in-law had been spear fishing and had given us a fish and it was still in the freezer. After lunch we set up our little tables and laid out the fish.
Firstly Reid had to measure it with his ever present tape measure – once the length had been anounced we could proceed with! It was then so interesting to watch how at first everyone pressed and poked gently as we looked at the different parts and tried to remember what they were called. We found the gills and how the water would wash over them. Raine then took out his penknife and took on the manly job of scaling the fish – which we will be eating for supper!
I popped inside to get a bucket of water only to come out and find 4 little pairs of hands pulling off scales, opening and closing the mouth, trying to dig the eye out. And the questions that flowed, “why’s the eye stuck, is this the tonge, I think I found the throat, can we cut off it’s tail? I need a torch.”
At times like these I find it best to simply step back, and move right out the way. Simply because I realise that to most of these questions they don’t want me to give them answers and if they do they’ll ask them again later, instead they are simply voicing their thoughts.
Their senses are allowing them to access so much information and so many thought processes are taking place that me adding more to it will spoil the moment. As Mom I often have to learn to take a side step and let the learning just take place all on it’s own. As they managed to take out the eye, scrape off the scales and feel the teeth I know that no explanation of mine will match the pure wonder, physical touch and smell of doing this for themselves.
As they keenly ran to meet Dad and helped him prepare the fish for dinner whilst telling him all about what they had discovered I knew that today we’d experienced the best Fish lesson ever!