The Benefit of Outdoor Classroom Signs
Create Literacy-Rich Outdoor Spaces Using Signs
What makes an Outdoor Classroom an Outdoor Classroom? What distinguishes an Outdoor Classroom from a simple garden with children in it? The transformation begins with the use of Signs. There are many types of sign and lots of benefits to adding signs to your outdoor space. Signs can…
- demonstrate the life cycles of a butterfly ( This sign would be in the butterfly garden.)
- shows pictures of the parts of a butterfly (This sign would be in the butterfly garden)
- show plant and tree identification (Anywhere in the garden)
- can label types of gardens and educate visitors about the area
- can give friendly reminders (Nature at Work)
- inform what is growing when you don’t necessarily see it
- ask questions to the viewer
- label areas of study (decomposing log)
- share the rules of the area
- be inspirational quotes
Ann Foley is here today to share how she incorporated literacy into her Outdoor Classroom at the Christ Church Parish Day School’s in Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Anne notes, “We have new signage throughout our outdoor classroom. The chimes are a new addition from last fall. We constructed them from old and discarded wind chimes. A friend drilled holes in a piece of driftwood and we assembled it with rainbow colored parachute cord. It lives indoors during the winter but we couldn’t resist bring it out these past few glorious days. It is a happy spot for the children to play.”
I love the choice of words….SPRINKLE, BLOOM & INVESTIGATE! I can see so many fun nature-based outdoor learning activities here!
Every Outdoor Classroom should have a Little Free Library. I love this!
Recycle, Reuse and make a MUD KITCHEN!
Always important to have a designated Gathering Place Outdoors. Thank you, Anne, for the tour of your Outdoor Classroom. I always learn something new when I see different Outdoor Classrooms.
What did you learn? How can you add Literacy to your Outdoor Classroom? We want to hear from you. Share your ideas and write a comment below. Do you have an Outdoor Classroom that you would like to share? Send in your pictures today to Victoria Hackett!