Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beauty of Nature

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During the past week on Wonderopolis, the Camp What a Wonder theme was all about nature in the backyard-bugs, plants, and things that happen with nature...I was inspired by this and took video of the flowers that are blooming all around the yard now with my iphone...

I then used iMovie Trailer to create a short feature of some of these wonders we captured throughout the yard.  As we walked around the yard together, we noticed lots of pretty flowers blooming.  We even saw an egg that had fallen out of a nest-we looked but couldn't find the nest.  We also saw a blue jay feather.

All of this has lead to noticing.  I believe by the example I'm modeling, I am developing the noticing habit with my children too.  I found evidence to support this claim as I went on a walk with Nattie tonight.  Movements of nature caught her eye before I even noticed-3 rabbits-which she saw before I did, countless birds and many squirrels.  She wanted to get out of the stroller and touch all of them-unfortunately, I just told her to say hello or goodbye-as they would run or fly before she could touch them.

So, here is my debut as an "ifilm" producer, inspired by my son, Kam-who made his own iMovie trailer last weekend-that still needs finished-but I plan to publish it next...

Now grab some popcorn...



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  1. Your post is PURE evidence that iPads, tablet computers and phones are not destroying our children's experiences outside; instead, they are encouraging and allowing our experiences to be relived and remembered! PS I LOVE YOUR CREIDTS PAGE!

  2. You are giving me a yard full of ideas for next year's science curriculum in my 2nd grade classroom!
    I agree with you, those devices can be a catalyst for close observation. Have fun!

  3. Wonderful, Amy! I loved the little bit we saw of Nattie, too! Thanks for showing how easy it is, and love the 'scene changes'!

  4. The movie was cool and magical. Wondering, noticing, creating are powerful words.

  5. Wow! I am so impressed! What a great little movie to share. I may have to try this someday too.

  6. Amazing! You are encouraging me to learn new technology!

  7. Your video was awesome! Makes me want to go outside and turn on the camera. Have you ever used Animoto? I love how easy it is.
    Here's to more inspiring video productions from the Rudd family!

  8. Great job Amy! I just began playing around with iMovie Trailer is so much fun. Thanks for sharing the beauty filling up your yard!

  9. Loved it Amy! Keep them coming. :) You capture so much in a few minutes of film for your family memories and modeling for your students.
    Can't wait to see more,
    Bonnie K


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