To observe objects in more detail I was keen to use our newest microscope- the easiscope from TTS. At £30 it is amazing and again just right for little children with big questions. We plugged it into the computer and allowed pair to bring some of their finds up to look. All the children found the easiscope simple to use, although some needed initial help to move it slowly enough so it would focus on their leaf. I hoped the children would explore the properties of their finds, use descriptive language and compare and contrast their specimens. For some this was true. Did the children extend their observation skills?…Yes. They were very keen and excited to point things out, lots of children looking carefully and describing their leaf as “Cool”! Was language extended and enriched?… Yes, but only once I had an adult working there who could point things out and make suggestions and ask questions to extend their observations. Otherwise words such as “Cool” and “look” were the most used.
Other follow on activities helped to extend and enrich vocabulary and observations. The chatterboxes allowed everyone to record information about their numbered find so others could easily identify a find on an exhibition table. Digital photographs were mounted onto talking postcards, explanations recorded and put with the exhibition. The ‘exhibition’ was very popular and served as a constant reminder of the walk.