CoursesWorkshopsGet StartedOutdoor Icebreakers, Circle Time & Group Activities Welcome 2 Lecture1.1 Your Workshop Recording Lecture1.2 Your Certificate This content is protected, please login and enroll course to view this content! Next Your Certificate 6 Comments Michael Pisaturo December 28, 2021 Log in to Reply What a cool and comprehensive workshop! Within the last year-and-a-half, our kids have spent the majority of their after-school hours outside, so we’ve all been looking for new ways to engage them more actively with their surroundings. The first activity that stood out to me was the “All About Our Day” segment. We have a number of students who struggle with schedules, and with the new and heavily regimented structure of our after-school days, allowing students to document this structure using visual aids would provide them with an excellent opportunity to more deeply internalize and engage with their daily schedule. I was also struck by “Getting Acquainted with Self-Portraits.” One of the first pandemic-era outdoor activities I planned last year revolved around “natural” art (i.e., using resources from nature – leaves, flowers, grass, etc. – to generate collages), so seeing this activity highlighted here reminded me of the potential this kind of work has, especially when coupled with clear guidelines. The final activity that really piqued my curiosity was “Save the Earth.” One of the challenges we consistently have run into since moving most of our after-school program outdoors has been recycling/trash pick-up with students have quite a bit of difficulty keeping our outdoor areas clean. We have been looking for alternative ways to help them understand the importance of living a more “green” lifestyle, and I am sure an activity as physically engaging and enriching as this one would be a wonderful step in the right direction as far as encouraging eco-friendly education. Thanks so much for all the resources! Victoria Hackett December 31, 2021 Log in to Reply The Self Portraits is one of my favorite activities. Please post any pictures in our Outdoor Classrooms Facebook group. It would be fun to see your developments. 🙂 Karen Hainline December 6, 2021 Log in to Reply Thank you for this workshop! We have been outdoors for two years now and I love it! The idea of integrating conservation is absolutely essential, as part of taking care of our beautiful environment. I love the idea of weighing lunches before and after. We have studiesd weather but I love the idea of breaking it down to the concept of air and wind. The kids will love chasing feathers and making pop bags. During the fall we observe leaves falling, counting how many we see while at our sit-spots! In spring, the maple seeds are also a good way to observe wind (and gravity!) This was inspirational. I also love the ide of touring and naming the sections of the outdoor space, combining literacy. Victoria Hackett December 6, 2021 Log in to Reply Thrilled you enjoyed it and tool away so many seeds of inspiration. Denise Taddonio January 29, 2021 Log in to Reply So true, why aren’t schools doing more outside??? Anyway, I really enjoyed this workshop. thank you Victoria! These are 3 activities that came to my mind as you were speaking in the workshop: I would like to try would be: Scavenger/Treasure Hunt, ABC Treasure Hunt, and HELLO Tree (or other nature elements, changing the game accordingly.) For the Scavenger Hunt, Children will select a card from my deck of photos or drawings of what is in our outside nature space, and bring back to the circle, to Show and Tell about their experience finding it, or other question based on the curriculum I’m working on.For the treasure Hunt, the children will start from their SIT SPOTS and will search for a treasure to bring to our circle, when they hear the sound of an owl… or whatever we are studying. They will tell anything about their treasure they want. ABC Hunt: children will reach into a bag and select a wooden letter, then search for something that starts with that letter, and return to the circle to share with the group. We could work together to put the objects in order of the alphabet, or match to LEtters set up in the circle. Last, activity: HELLO, I would ask children to start from their SIT SPOT and think about how to say HEllo to a tree, and introduce themselves as if it were the first time they were meeting. Then, on the call of the coyote, come to the circle and share their experience. Victoria Hackett December 6, 2021 Log in to Reply Oh my goodness…I love how this workshop sparked so many extension activities. We are each others best resource and I love that these are some added activites to venture into! Thank you! Leave A Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.