Posts made in January, 2017

An Outdoor Classroom Design Vocabulary Challenge

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

An Outdoor Classroom Design Vocabulary Challenge What do you think of when you read these words Indoors? Now sit in your Outdoor Classroom and read these words. Do the words change their meaning? Understanding how teachers and children will use their outdoor space for teaching and learning is critical to the design process. I challenge you to use these vocabulary words as a guide in your Outdoor Classroom design process. Next to each word describe how you envision teachers and students using your outdoor space. Don’t think too much. Just write down what comes to mind. Meet: Watch:...

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10 Questions for Evaluating Your Outdoor Classroom

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

10 Questions for Evaluating Your Outdoor Classroom Site Outdoor Classrooms come in all different shapes and sizes. Before beginning your design process it is important to survey and evaluate your site. Here are a few important questions to consider. 1. Where is the location of your Outdoor Classroom? How far is it from the school? Is it an enclosed or open space? Can your community see your outdoor classroom during drop off and pick up or is this space farther away?   2. Is there a water source? Is there a faucet? Space for rain barrels? How will you water the garden?  3. Does the school...

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How to Make 3 Simple Hand Puppets for Outdoor Learning

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

How to Make 3 Simple Hand Puppets for Outdoor Learning  What do you think of when you think hand puppets? Do you envision socks puppets or brown paper bag puppets? Have you ever considered stick puppets? How do you see children interacting with these puppets?  Could you add Literacy? Dramatic Play? I am sure I am speaking to the choir. As many of you know, hand puppets are wonderful vehicles that can tap into children’s creativity and imaginations. Hand puppets are versatile and can be used as tools to help children deal with difficult situations. They are perfect to add a little spice...

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“Bird TV” ~ 2 Secrets to Attracting Birds

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

“Bird TV” 2 Secrets to Attracting Birds This past week I facilitated a workshop called, “Not Just Child’s Play: The Impact of Media on Child Development.” It is a topic that I struggle with at home with my own children; therefore, in preparation for my workshop, I asked my 13-year-oldd son for some insight. When asked what he would do if he was a parent today struggling with screen time with his kids, he simply said, “Replace screens with something else.” Hmmmm…seems so simple. This got me thinking. Ironically, when I checked facebook, I saw...

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5 Easy Tips to Outdoor Classroom Design

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

5 Easy Tips to Outdoor Classroom Design What if you were given 20 new laptops for your classroom, would you know what to do with them? Would you know how to integrate these gifted laptops into your curriculum? Would you know the best programs to use or the best practices? What if you were given a beautiful, fenced-in outdoor area right outside your classroom? Would you know how to create an Outdoor Classroom? Would you know the best practices to make a well designed outdoor space that has an impact on child development? “A degraded habitat will produce degraded humans. If there is to...

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