E-Course – Becoming a Natural Teacher

2016 Natural Teacher E-Course Blog Posts

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in E-Course – Becoming a Natural Teacher | 0 comments

2016 Natural Teacher E-Course Blog Posts Earning your 15 hour participation certificate! STEP ONE: Please search (type in the search box) for these blog posts and write a reflective comment for each post. Please include any insights you had from your “Take Action” Worksheets. Welcome! Please Introduce Yourself Why Children and Nature? Becoming A Natural Teacher: My Story Forum of Ideas: Waldorf Forum of Ideas: Reggio Forum of Ideas: Montessori Clearing the Decks for the Next Chapter: Becoming A Natural Teacher The True Measure of Childhood 3 Tips for Starting Seeds with Kids Add...

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The Benefit of Outdoor Classroom Signs

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in E-Course – Becoming a Natural Teacher, The Seedling BLOG | 6 comments

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...

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The Natural Teacher’s Year

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in E-Course – Becoming a Natural Teacher | 2 comments

The Natural Teacher’s Year “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller It is time unravel the year ahead and make some plans for yourself as a Natural Teacher and teaching Outdoors. Just imagine teaching in your newly improved Outdoor Classroom! Ahhhh!!!! I love planning! As your guide, I will be taking you through my process. There is no right or wrong way to do this. The most important thing is to dream big and surround yourself with as many people as you can that believe in your vision for an Outdoor Classroom. In this e-course, Becoming A Natural...

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3 Tips for Starting Seeds with Kids

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in E-Course – Becoming a Natural Teacher, The Seedling BLOG | 4 comments

3 Tips for Starting Seeds with Kids Much of our work as Natural Teachers is about reconnecting children to nature. The winter months can be extremely challenging. Planting and growing seeds is a great solution for keeping kids busy and connected with Nature. Let’s talk SEEDS! Planting seeds with kids is an easy way to them excited about gardening. There is so much to learn. Seed identification, seed parts, investigation, germination, and photosynthesis. We all have seeds stories. My seed story begins with me and my own Seed Sanctuary. I always look forward to running to check the...

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Welcome! Please Introduce Yourself

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in E-Course – Becoming a Natural Teacher | 23 comments

Welcome! Please Introduce Yourself Becoming A Natural Teacher: A Road Map I am thrilled that you are here and want to welcome everyone to Outdoor-Classrooms.com and our virtual classroom. I hope you have taken a tour of our members area and making yourself comfortable. This course, Becoming A Natural Teacher: A Road Map, is amazing and I can’t wait to share it with you. This work has transformed the way I think about education and challenged my own philosophy of education. Before we dive into the content, I would like to invite you to virtually introduce yourself to the group. I am a firm...

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Why Children and Nature?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in E-Course – Becoming a Natural Teacher, The Seedling BLOG | 3 comments

Why Children and Nature?  “Teaching Children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” Thomas Berry Dreams on Earth I ventured in the world of Outdoor Classrooms as a parent at my children’s elementary school. A group of us created a Children’s Garden. Before I knew it, I quickly found myself volunteering to take classes outdoors and leading an after school garden stewards group. I was hooked!  As an educator, I grew curious upon witnessing the connections children were making while exploring their natural world. I...

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