Posts made in December, 2016

3 Tips to Enhance Children’s Outdoor Winter Play

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

3 Tips to Enhance Children’s Outdoor Winter Play  “In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity and the possibility of discovery are directly proportional  to number and kind of variables in it.’ Simon Nicolson Winter Play with loose Parts is by far one of my favorite tools to use when teaching outdoors during the colder months. I find it especially challenging during the months of December, January and March to sustain Outdoor Learning Stations that capture children’s imaginations for intentional play. I get caught up in how cold it is and...

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How does Nature in Winter Inspire Learning?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

How does Nature in Winter Inspire Learning? “The environment is the real curriculum. To assume it is neutral is illusory.” Anita Olds Take a moment and look at your Outdoor Classroom with fresh eyes. Step back and walk into your outdoor space as a child would during a cold winter day. Does this space entice you to learn as it did during the warmer months? How can our outdoor environments be the third teacher during the winter months? Winter is defined as,” the coldest season of the year in polar and temperate climates, between autumn and spring. Winter is caused by the axis...

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3 Lessons from Outdoor Winter Play

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

3 Lessons from Outdoor Winter Play  “My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky.” William Wordsworth Who wouldn’t want to crawl indoors and wait until spring when they witness and feel the temperatures dropping, days getting shorter and sky becoming dreary? At the same time, who wouldn’t want that invigorating feeling after playing hard outdoors on a cold and snowy day? Do you have memories of being rewarded with a nice warm hot chocolate after playing outside in the cold? The time is now to get kids outdoors and see how winter can play a significant role in curriculum development....

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5 Benefits of Playing Outdoors in Winter

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

5 Benefits of Playing Outdoors in Winter Spring, Summer, Fall are months that we don’t think twice about getting kids outdoors. Why is it that we think twice about getting kids outdoors during the winter? Why do we keep children inside when the colder months begin to settle in? All of a sudden the rain, cold and snow become reasons to stay indoors; along with the growth of technology. With a little bit of preparation and planning, winter play outdoors can be a sensational experience with incredible lifelong benefits. 1. Fresh Air Strengthens the Immune System: Playing outdoors in the...

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What does Nature-Based Curriculum look like in Winter?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

What does Nature-Based Curriculum look like in Winter?   Nature Play has proven to be beneficial in all learning domains. Richard Louv’s research has shown that time in nature improves test scores, along with, healthier and happier children and families. Exploring Nature in Winter provides especially wonderful opportunities for Natural Teachers to make unexpected connections with their curriculum. What is Nature Based Curriculum?  Nature-Based Curriculum: Is a hands-on, interactive learning experience that uses Nature as the main teaching tool. Can be used both indoors and out....

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