Preschoolers are being less and less exposed to nature. The discovery of a slug on the playground proved to be an adventure they will all remember since it triggered their inquisitive minds, generated an abundance of questions and drove the teacher to use it in an authentic science lesson. They all sat around it, their eyes wide open, their little hands trying to touch it and feel it. Where is its shell? One asked. It lost it / It does not have one / It is sad / Where are its feet? / How does it walk?
When teacher Lina Noueiry knelt next to them trying to further their inquiries, she joyfully discovered their prior knowledge, supported them to make connections with their observations and share their thinking with each other. She then, took pictures of it, promised them to further investigate about it in class but explained that it needed to stay in nature, where it belongs, for it to be happy and next to its family.